Former Homeland Security official facing immigration charges

The Boston Herald

BOSTON — A former top Homeland Security official from Boston is set to go on trial for allegedly encouraging her housekeeper to remain in the United States illegally.

Lorraine Henderson, the former regional director of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, was suspended after her arrest in December 2008.

She is scheduled to go on trial Monday in U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors say the Salem resident continued to employ a Brazilian housekeeper and encouraged her not to leave, even after a fellow agent warned her about the woman’s status. An affidavit also alleges Henderson employed two other illegal immigrants.

Henderson was responsible for stopping illegal aliens from entering the country through Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

And from the Herald on 3/19/2010:

Brazilian maid testifies against Homeland Security official
by Laurel J. Sweet

The toilet-scrubbing Brazilian beauty whose undercover turn as a government informant took down the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Boston port director who employed her as a house cleaner yesterday said she was never asked her immigration status.

In fact, the raven-haired Fabiana Bitencourt testified in U.S. District Court that Lorraine Henderson, 52, who was responsible for stopping illegal aliens like her maid from sneaking into Boston, never demanded any documents or references.

“She called me and asked if I would clean her house. I said yes,” Bitencourt said through an interpreter.

The married mom is now legal but admitted her husband isn’t, and that she has not filed a tax return in nine years.

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