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INS Agent Charged in Alien Smuggle

March 16, 1999

BOSTON (AP) _ A 12-year-veteran of the Immigration and Naturalization Service has been arrested and accused of smuggling into the United States an illegal alien who was her lover.

Detention Enforcement Officer Paula Jesmer, 34, was indicted last week and arrested Monday.

Federal prosecutors say Jesmer had a romantic affair with a Portuguese citizen, Jose Cabral-Simas, while she worked at a processing center for detainees in 1996.

Cabral-Simas was deported back to Portugal in December 1997. Six months later he traveled to Montreal, where Jesmer met him and drove him across the U.S. border to her home in Medford, prosecutors said.

Jesmer faces up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

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