Doctor, Ex-Wife Hid Illegal Domestic Help 12 Years
By WestKyStar Staff
LOUISVILLE, KY - An Elizabethtown cardiologist and his ex-wife plead guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to charges involving the harboring of an undocumented Bolivian woman as their servant for financial gain.
David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky announced the deal, which happened yesterday before Judge John G. Heyburn II.
The indictments against 56-year-old Christina Mier Arce and 59-year-old Dr. Javier Arce alleged that they recruited the woman to move to America to be their domestic servant, and they harbored her in their home illegally from 1994 to 2006, deriving financial benefit from her labor. Christina pled guilty to harboring for financial gain, and Javier pled guilty to failing to report knowledge of a felony.
Both defendants were sentenced to two years of probation, and must pay the victim restitution for back wages in the amount of $100,000.
The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted jointly by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Judd and Trial Attorney Daniel Weiss of the Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.