Saudi National Convicted of Visa Fraud and Harboring Illegal Aliens, Reports U.S. Attorney

Sep 05, 2006, 01:00 ET from U.S. Attorney

    BOSTON, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A Saudi national living in Winchester
 pled guilty today in federal court to charges of visa fraud and harboring
 of illegal aliens relating to her employment of two domestic servants.
     United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Assistant Attorney General
 for Civil Rights Wan J. Kim; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of
 Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Kenneth W. Kaiser, Special Agent
 in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today that HANA
 F. AL JADER, age 40, of Winchester, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty before
 U.S. District Judge Reginald J. Lindsay to two counts of visa fraud and two
 counts of harboring illegal aliens for private financial gain in connection
 with her employment of two women from Indonesia as domestic servants.
     At today's plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that AL JADER,
 who has resided in Winchester and Arlington since the mid-1990's with her
 invalid husband, Prince Mohamed Al Saud, brought the two Indonesian women
 to the United States in 2003 to work as domestic servants. In order to
 obtain visas for the women, AL JADER was required to submit to the U.S.
 Embassy in Saudi Arabia a copy of a work contract guaranteeing that the
 women would be paid $1,500 a month and would work no more than 8 hours
 daily. However, when the women arrived in the United States, they were
 required to work -- cooking, cleaning, serving meals, caring for the
 severely disabled Prince, and serving at frequent parties -- routinely in
 excess of 8 hours per day. AL JADER paid them only $300 a month, which, at
 their request, was wired to their families in Indonesia.
     In July 2003, AL JADER, through an attorney, filed applications with
 the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services ("BCIS") for a six-month
 extension of the visas for her domestic servants. In connection with the
 extension application, AL JADER submitted another employment contract,
 which again represented falsely that the servants were each being paid
 $1,500 per month and working only eight hours per day. Based on the false
 information provided in the contracts, the servants' visas were extended;
 however, when those extensions expired, AL JADER failed to apply for or
 obtain any additional extensions. Despite the fact that the servants' legal
 status had expired, AL JADER continued to employ them for the next 11
 months at the same pay rate of $300 per month.
     In exchange for AL JADER's plea of guilty to these charges, her
 agreement to pay restitution of approximately $98,000 to each of the
 servants, and her acceptance of a stipulated order of deportation to her
 native Saudi Arabia, the government agreed to dismiss pending charges of
 forced labor and document servitude against AL JADER.
     Judge Lindsay scheduled sentencing for December 12, 2006 at 2:30 p.m.
 AL JADER faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison, to be followed
 by 3 years supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 on each of the four
     The case was investigated by agents from Immigration and Customs
 Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted
 by Assistant U.S. Attorney S. Theodore Merritt in Sullivan's Public
 Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit and Lou DeBaca, Special Litigation
 Counsel, and Barbara Kay Bosserman, Trial Attorney, in the Department of
 Justice's Civil Rights Division.

SOURCE U.S. Attorney