Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Guyanese Woman Admits to Assisting Undocumented Indians Illegally Enter US

"Guyanese national pleads guilty to smuggling Indian nationals into United States"

"Annita Devi Gerald, a Guyanese national, pleaded guilty to bringing an alien into the United States for commercial gain following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE's) Office of Investigations in Miami.

Gerald, 52, pleaded guilty on Feb. 16 in Houston before U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes. Gerald was sentenced yesterday and faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine...

Gerald provided assistance to undocumented aliens from India in their efforts to illegally enter the United States. Gerald admitted that she and her co-conspirators prepared letters of invitation for several Indian nationals from a trading and agricultural company affiliated with Gerald. These letters falsely proclaimed the Indian nationals were farming experts whose expertise was needed for a project in Belize. The letters were used to assist the aliens in obtaining Belizean visas that enabled them to board aircraft and transit through numerous countries in route to the United States.

In July 2009, Gerald escorted two Indian nationals on a series of flights from Singapore to Belize. In addition, Gerald admitted to providing lodging for the aliens in Belize while they awaited additional smuggling arrangements including obtaining a Mexican immigration stamp for one alien's passport to facilitate domestic travel in Mexico and arranging for transportation from Belize to Mexico for one of the aliens.

Upon Gerald's direction, one of the aliens was smuggled into Mexico and then into the United States.

On Nov. 17, 2009, Gerald was arrested by ICE special agents in Houston on a criminal complaint charging her with conspiracy to commit alien smuggling."

Read the full story: http://www.ice.gov/pi/nr/1002/100217miami.htm

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