Woman pleads guilty to harboring illegal alien

United States Attorney Bill N. Nettles said that Rubi Bertaud-Cabrera has pled guilty in federal court for harboring an illegal alien.

Rubi Bertaud-Cabrera, a 28-year old from Mexico and an illegal alien herself, entered a plea of guilty to the felony of knowingly and willfully harboring an illegal alien at her home in North Charleston, South Carolina.

In November of last year, the illegal alien who was harbored by Bertaud-Cabrera was found wandering in a North Charleston subdivision by the North Charleston Police.

She claimed to be a victim of human trafficking who was induced to come to the United States by a promise that she could work as a house keeper. Authorities say when she arrived, she was asked to work in prostitution.

She said that she refused to work as a prostitute and escaped from Bertaud-Cabrera's residence before being located by the police.

Senior United States District Judge C. Weston Houck accepted the plea of the defendant and will sentence her after he has reviewed a pre-sentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Defendant Bertaud-Cabrera can receive is a fine of $250,000 and imprisonment for five years. The case was investigated by the Charleston Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.   Assistant U.S. Attorneys H. Christopher Coates and Carrie Fisher Sherard of the United States Attorney's Office handled the case.

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