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New Jersey Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Transport Aliens

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Juhi Khubani, age 48, of New Jersey, pled guilty today to conspiring to transport seven aliens.

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Chief Patrol Agent Robert N. Garcia, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector, made the announcement.

Khubani admitted that on June 3, 2023, she drove in an SUV to the U.S. side of the international border with Canada in Chateaugay, New York.  Shortly after, seven Indian citizens who had just crossed into the U.S. illegally from Canada got into the SUV.  Khubani then drove the aliens away from the border. Border Patrol agents then stopped the SUV and arrested its occupants.  Khubani admitted that she expected to be paid for transporting the aliens.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 18, 2023, before Senior United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe.  Khubani faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

Border Patrol investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua R. Rosenthal is prosecuting this case.

Updated September 19, 2023

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