22 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Marcos Daniel Jiménez, Unite…

22 May – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Marcos Daniel Jiménez, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, announced today that on May 19, 2005, a federal grand jury sitting in West Palm Beach, Florida, returned a ten (10) count Indictment against Moral Lafleur, a/k/a Daniel Brown.

The Indictment was the result of the efforts and cooperation of United States Customs and Border Protection’s-office of Border Patrol, West Palm Beach, United States Customs and Border Protection’s-office of Air and Marine Operations, West Palm Beach-Fort Pierce and the United States Coast Guard.

On May 5, 2005 aliens from Jamaica and Haiti came ashore in Jupiter, Florida. According to a previously filed criminal complaint, the illegal aliens had traveled from the Bahamas on a 20-25 foot boat captained by Moral Lafleur. They crossed from the Bahamas during the night and through stormy weather. When they came near shore, Lafleur told them to jump out of the boat into the water and to go left. Two of the aliens stated that they each paid Lafleur $3500 to be brought over. Later in the day Lafleur, was rescued by a civilian when Lafleur’s boat was adrift between the United States and the Bahamas.

Lafleur was charged in five (5) counts with bringing aliens who had not received prior official authorization to come to the United States, for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain, each in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1324(a)(2)(B)(ii). The defendant faces a mandatory minimum of five (5) years imprisonment and a maximum of fifteen (15) years if convicted of three (3) or more counts, as well as a $250,000 fine.

Lafleur was charged in five (5) counts with bringing aliens to the United States at other than an official port or entry for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain, each in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1324(a)(1)(A)(i),(B)(i). The defendant faces a maximum of ten (10) years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for each count.

Mr. Jiménez commended the investigative efforts of the United States Customs and Border Protection’s-office of Border Patrol, United States Customs and Border Protection’s-office of Air and Marine Operations, and United States Coast Guard. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kerry S. Baron.

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