Boston Homeland Security Official on Trial for Employing Illegal Worker

The trial of Lorraine Henderson, a former top Homeland Security Official from Boston, began today in Federal District Court. You may remember that Henderson was arrested in December 2008 after she was caught on a wiretap warning her housekeeper, Fabiana Bittencourt, not to leave the country because she won’t be let back in. The person wearing the wiretap was the housekeeper, who had been cooperating with the United States District Attorney’s Office.

The criminal defendant was charged with Employment of Illegal Aliens, as well as Encouraging an Illegal Immigrant to Remain in the Country, a felony punishable up to 10 years in prison.

Isn’t it ironic that one of the top officials in charge of ‘homeland security’ and with enforcing the United States’ customs and immigration laws is a criminal defendant on trial with violating the same laws she swore to enforce? The funny thing is, she’s certainly not the first, nor the last ‘law enforcement official’ who will get caught up with illegal or criminal activity.

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Read more about the corrupt Homeland Security Official, as reported by Jonathan Saltzman, Boston Globe Staff.