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Newton man charged in Maine in alleged drivers license scheme

Posted by Ralph Ranalli April 1, 2008 07:33 AM

A Newton man accused of bringing an illegal immigrant to Maine to obtain a driver's license has been jailed pending a bail hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Guilherme Malaquias, 23, of Newton, allegedly drove fellow Brazilian Marison Celante, 19, to Biddeford, Maine, where they were arrested March 20 at the U.S. Post Office, the Portland Press-Herald newspaper is reporting.

Unlike most states, Maine requires neither proof of citizenship or proof of residency from license applicants. The Legislature is considering a rule change to require proof of residency.

Malaquias' case is similar to that of a Brazilian from New Jersey who was arrested a month earlier at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Augusta after he allegedly brought two women to Maine to get driver's licenses. According to court records, Anderson Dos Santos, 30, told officials that Maine is known among Brazilians for having lax rules for issuing licenses.

A federal immigration agent claims that Malaquias, whose tourist visa expired nearly two years ago, has allegedly transported other illegal immigrants on day trips from Massachusetts to Maine to get licenses.

Read more about the alleged drivers license scheme in the online edition of today's Globe.

-- AP

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