A Lexington woman has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for harboring an illegal immigrant from Mexico to work on a tobacco farm.
Pedra Perez-Gumeta, 52, brought a woman from Mexico to work, then kept "a portion of the woman's wages for herself," according to a news release issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice.
"In sentencing Perez-Gumeta, the court found that the defendant used coercion in the course of harboring the undocumented Mexican woman for financial gain," the release stated.
U.S. Senior District Judge Joseph M. Hood ordered her to pay the woman $1,311 in restitution.
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Perez-Gumeta pleaded guilty in September. She previously had been deported and came back into the United States illegally.