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CASE NAME:United States v. Bello
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Bidemi Bello
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DOCKET NUMBER:1:10-cr-00397
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):William S. Duffey Jr.
YEAR OF ARREST:2010
YEAR OF VERDICT:2011
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Georgia
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Nigeria
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Fraudulent Passport
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Forced Labor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. §1589
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Trafficking with respect to forced labor
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1590
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Unlawful Conduct with Respect to Documents in Furtherance of Slave Trafficking
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1592
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:Bringing in and Harboring Aliens
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FIFTH CHARGE:Procurement of Naturalization
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1425
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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CORE TERMS:18 U.S.C. §1589; 18 U.S.C. § 1590; 8 U.S.C. § 1324; 18 U.S.C. § 1592; 18 U.S.C. § 1425
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RESTITUTION REQUIRED:140
FINE IMPOSED:144,200
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APPEAL:No
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SUMMARY:Bidemi Bello, an immigrant from Nigeria and resident of Suwanee, Georgia, was sentenced on June 10, 2011. At trial evidence was presented that on two separate occasions she returned to Nigeria, recruited young women (the first 17 and the second 20 years old) to come to the U.S. to serve as her nanny and maid with the promise they would go to school and be paid a salary. She brought both women on fraudulent British passports. Bello forced both women to work in her home and care for her daughter. She verbally and physically abused the young women, beating them with a wooden spoon, shoes, electric cords and her hands. Although Bello had an upscale home and modern appliances, the young women were forced to sleep on the floor or a couch, to bath out of a bucket, to eat spoiled food, deprived of sleep, hand-wash clothing and dishes and manually cut the lawn with a long knife. The women were never sent to school or paid and were not allowed to interact with anyone without Bello present. The first young woman escaped with the help of another woman while Bello was at a party. Bello then went to Nigeria to recruit the second young woman. The second young woman was eventually able to escape by saving money for a cab given to her by friends of Bello. Bello received her citizenship while committing these crimes. She will be deported back to Nigeria after serving her sentence. The two young women have received T-visas.
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