A federal judge in Boston has sentenced a Dominican doctor to one year and one day in prison for conspiring to surgically alter fingerprints of an illegal immigrant for $4,500.
Jose Elias Zaiter-Pou pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of conspiring to conceal illegal aliens from detection by law enforcement authorities.
Prosecutors say the physician brought surgical equipment, antibiotics and pain medication to a hotel in Woburn and agreed to alter the fingerprints of a government informant for $4,500.
Prosecutors say they have video and audio evidence showing Zaiter-Pou describing to the informant how he would surgically remove a portion of the fingertip, then suture it back together to make a new unrecognizable fingerprint.
U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock ordered the 62-year-old Zaiter-Pou be deported to the Dominican Republic at the end of his prison sentence.
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