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May 19, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A Brazilian man was sentenced today in federal court following his conviction by a jury for conspiracy and alien smuggling for profit.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Matthew Etre, Acting Special Agent
in Charge Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Investigations in Boston, announced today that JOSE NETO, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf to 60 months in custody to be followed by three years supervised release for his role in smuggling illegal aliens to the United States for commercial gain. NETO was convicted after a six-day trial in February on one count of conspiracy and three counts of alien smuggling for profit. NETO will be deported upon completion of his sentence.

Evidence presented during trial proved that beginning in 2003 and continuing through about March 2005 NETO participated in smuggling men from Brazil into the United States for a fee of $10,000 dollars. NETO provided the financing for the smuggling scheme and provided the illegal aliens with employment in a cleaning service, collecting some of the smuggling fee up front and deducting the rest from their paychecks with interest.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eugenia M. Carris and Jeffrey M. Cohen of Ortiz’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.


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