PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Mexican American who has worked on behalf of Maine immigrants for the last 30 years is facing federal charges of transporting and harboring illegal immigrants and other charges.
Sixty-two-year-old Benjamin J. Guiliani Sr. of South Portland pleaded not guilty Thursday to five federal charges.
Guiliani was indicted in January by a federal grand jury on the transportation charge as well as failure to file a corporate tax return, student assistance and Social Security fraud and tax evasion.
Guiliani’s attorney Bruce Merrill says he’s going to “raise a vigorous defense.”
The Portland Press Herald says that during the 1990s Guiliani earned a reputation as a leading voice for the ethical treatment of immigrants. He now works as a plumber.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com