BANGOR, Maine — An African woman who told investigators she was working as a nanny in Aroostook County is scheduled today in U.S. District Court to plead guilty to having fake immigration papers.
Quina Layin Tuleh, 28, of the Republic of Cameroon was arrested Tuesday after a U.S. Border Patrol agent at the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle found fake Social Security and employment authorization cards hidden in a sanitary napkin in her luggage.
Cameroon is a former colony in central West Africa ruled at various times during the 19th and 20th centuries by Germany, France and Great Britain.
Although Tuleh appeared to be leaving the country, her destination was not revealed in court documents.
Tuleh had a valid visa, according to the affidavit filed in federal court in Bangor, but it did not allow her to work in the U.S. She told investigators that she entered the U.S. in September at New York City.
She told agents, according to the affidavit, that she had been working in Presque Isle since Jan. 5 providing child care services. Tuleh allegedly showed the agent a money order for $1,000 in addition to $380 in cash that she said she had been paid in wages.
The female employer is identified in court documents only as “Linda.”
Tuleh told agents that she did not get along with the woman.
Tuleh made her first appearance Friday in federal court in Bangor. She agreed to be held without bail until the resolution of her case.
If convicted, Tuleh faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. She also most likely would be deported and barred from entering the U.S.