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Doctor convicted of surgery to alter immigrant fingerprints

February 15, 2011 Comments off

By Ros Krasny

BOSTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – A doctor from the Dominican Republic was convicted and sentenced in Boston on Thursday of offering to surgically alter the fingerprints of illegal aliens, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

The case is one of a number of attempts in recent years to subvert the federal government’s new biometric border security program, known as the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

Jose Elias Zaiter-Pou, 62, pleaded guilty of conspiring to conceal illegal aliens from detection by law enforcement authorities, by surgically altering their fingerprints in exchange for payment.

He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, followed by deportation and three years of supervised release.

Authorities said Zaiter-Pou met at a hotel in Woburn, Massachusetts, with a Read more…