Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/US: Woman guilty of luring immigrants here illegally
From: Melanie Orhant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Sep 05 2000 - 09:00:36 EDT
Woman guilty of luring immigrants here illegally
By John C.K. Fisher
The Kentucky Post, August 10, 2000
A Hebron woman has pleaded guilty to encouraging illegal immigrants to work
in the United States.
Sheila Dean entered her plea last week before U.S. District Judge Henry R.
Wilhoit Jr. in Covington.
She remains free on bond and will be sentenced Dec. 19.
The charge carries a 10-year prison term.
But Wilhoit has ordered a pre-sentence report to determine whether she has
any criminal history that could affect her sentencing.
Her attorney, Dean Pisacano of Covington, said the plea was Ms. Dean's
first felony conviction.
Ms. Dean and her companion, Alexandre Grunichev, were indicted earlier this
Grunichev, who is from Estonia, is scheduled for rearraignment on his
charges on Monday in Lexington.
Wilhoit will review Grunichev's case, which may result in a guilty plea.
Grunichev, who has been in federal custody, has previously pleaded not
guilty. Ms. Dean and Grunichev were both charged with conspiracy. Grunichev
is charged with eight counts of inducing unauthorized entry into the United
States by an illegal alien.
The indictment said Ms. Dean and Grunichev conspired between May 1, 1999,
and March 15 to induce illegal immigrants to come to the United States. The
indictment said someone whose identity is known to the grand jury placed
advertisements in Estonian newspapers promising U.S. jobs. The person would
tell the Estonian to apply for an American visitor's visa instead of a work
visa. The person would then tell the immigrants to contact Ms. Dean and
Grunichev after they had arrived here, the indictment said.
Ms. Dean and Grunichev then helped the immigrants find apartments and
charge them $300 to find jobs, the indictment said. Ms. Dean prepared false
employment verification records for American officials, and the couple
collected rent and other money from the immigrants, the indictment said.
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