Canadian woman sentenced for trying to sneak Brazilian woman into Maine in trunk of her car

Posted June 15, 2011, at 5:35 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian woman who tried to bring a Brazilian woman into Maine in the trunk of her car has been sentenced to five months in jail.

Lynne Boutot, of Saint Basel, New Brunswick, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor. The 43-year-old woman pleaded guilty in March to bringing an illegal immigrant into the U.S.

Boutot was arrested in January while crossing into the U.S. at the Madawaska border crossing, in far northern Maine.

Prosecutors say she accepted $1,500 in exchange for bringing the woman to Maine and dropping her off at a Madawaska restaurant.

The Brazilian stowaway, who has two children who are U.S. citizens, was sentenced to 12 days in jail.