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CASE NAME:United States v. Adriana Paoletti-Lemus
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Adriana Paoletti-Lemus, Renato Paoletti-Lemus, Santa Gonzalez, Jose Paoletti-Moreda, also known as Pepe, Jose Paoletti-Lemus, also known as Pipo, Rosa Maria Beltran-Sanchez, Raul Alanis, Delia Paoletti-Lemus-Ruiz, Alfredo Rustrian-Paoletti, Frank Coenen, Norma Alcantara, Andreas Pfeiffer, Carlos Rivera Lozano, Francisco Duenas-Olveras, Juan Antonio Limon, also known as Leon, Ivan Gomez-Sanchez, Pedro Santamaria, Juan Contreras-Rauda, Hilario Rivera Pauletti, also known as Lalo, Augustino Rodriguez-Torres
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DOCKET NUMBER:1:97-cr-00768-NG
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Law Review/Scholarly Article, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Nina Gershon
YEAR OF ARREST:1997
YEAR OF VERDICT:1998
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:New York
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:15 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female and Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico; US
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):20
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Peddling/Begging Rings
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy Against Rights of Citizens
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 241, 18 USC 3551
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:168
SECOND CHARGE:Alien Harboring
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC 1324, 18 USC 3551
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
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THIRD CHARGE:Extortion Conspiracy
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1951, 18 USC 3551
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
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FOURTH CHARGE:Conspiracy to Induce Aleins to Enter Unlawfully the US
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 371, 18 USC 3551
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
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FIFTH CHARGE:Alien Smuggling
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC 1324, 18 USC 2, 18 USC 3551
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:168
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$1,400,000
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
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SUMMARY:In July 1997, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Government of Mexico initiated an investigation on an organization involved in the smuggling and trafficking of 55 deaf and mute Mexican nationals and 9 U.S. citizen children. The organization forced the victims through violence and intimidation to work long hours begging and selling trinkets on the streets or at subways in New York City. The victims were found at two residences in Jackson Heights, NY after four of them sought help from police and led authorities to the Jackson Heights houses. Defendants Paoletti-Lemus and Paoletti-Moreda, both Mexican citizens, were arrested in August, 1997. After serving their Mexican sentences, Paoletti-Lemus and Paoletti-Moreda were extradited to the US to face US charges. After a jury trial each of them was ordered to pay a total of $1.4 million dollars in restitution, to be shared out among the victims, along with prison terms. In addition, 18 members of the investigated organization were convicted in the US and received sentences varying from one to 15 years. Defendant Norma Alcantara is a long-time friend of the Paoletti family. She ran a similar operation in Chicago. The two operations were so close that they traded peddlers.
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