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Florida woman found guilty of widespread immigration fraud

A federal jury recently found a Brazilian woman living in Florida guilty of several employment immigration crimes in one of the larger alien smuggling cases in the United States.

According to a report from the Latin American Herald Tribune, the woman, who faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, assisted more than 1,000 foreign workers in entering the United States. Once here she also helped them find work through the use of H-2B employment visas that were fraudulently obtained.

The woman allegedly sent these illegal workers to work at more than 100 hotels.

The members of the federal jury found the woman guilty of worker visa fraud, conspiracy to commit alien smuggling and alien smuggling. The investigation into this case began with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's Home Security Investigations, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune.

According to the case laid out against her, the woman charged worked for a labor staffing company located in Orlando. This company supplied temporary labor to hotel and hospitality businesses across Florida and the rest of the United States. The woman reportedly created a permanent labor pool that predominantly hired illegal immigrant workers across the United States. She has been found guilty of submitting false documents to the government.

Because the woman is a citizen of Brazil, she might face deportation from the United States after she serves her sentence in a federal prison.

There are immigration laws that must be followed for someone from another country to work in the U.S. Because these laws are complex, in matters of permanent or temporary labor certification, it is in the best interest of most to consult an experienced immigration attorney.

Source: Latin American Herald Tribune, "US Convicts Brazil Woman of Visa Fraud of 1,000 Illegal Workers," Nov. 13, 2011

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