Maine immigration advocate facing federal charges


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,