Federal prosecutors charge Anne Arundel County woman with harboring undocumented immigrant

Federal prosecutors have charged an Anne Arundel County woman with harboring an undocumented immigrant.

Shingaidzo Nhekairo, 49, of Arnold, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of “alien harboring for financial gain” and one count of “unlawful conduct with respect to immigration documents,” federal prosecutors said in a news release Friday.

The indictment was returned June 20. It was unsealed Friday after Nhekairo was arrested. Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur announced the charges.

According to the two-count indictment, from 2006 and 2014, Nhekairo harbored the immigrant, who officials said is a national of Zimbabwe.

The indictment also alleges Nhekairo concealed the immigrant’s status for purposes of financial gain and confiscated the victim’s passport to maintain her labor and services, according to prosecutors.

If convicted, Nhekairo faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the charge of illegally harboring an alien, and a maximum of one year in prison on the charge of withholding the victim’s immigration documents, plus mandatory restitution.

An initial appearance was held Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Nhekairo was released under federal supervision. A phone call to Nhekairo’s lawyer was not immediately returned.

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