BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Mary Ann Langridge, 63, of Toronto, Ontario, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to attempted transportation within the United States of an illegal alien for private financial gain. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who is handling the case, stated that on May 21, 2019, Rosa Guadelupe Lopez-Gonsalez, a Mexican citizen, and Leonardo Jiminez-De La Rosa, a Dominican Republic citizen, entered the United States at a boat dock in Lewiston, NY, without authorization and in violation of the law. Langridge met Lopez-Gonsalez and Jiminez-De La Rosa at the boat dock and attempted to transport the two aliens to the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, NY via automobile. The defendant participated in this offense in exchange for $500.00 United States currency.
Rosa Guadelupe Lopez-Gonsalez and Leonardo Jiminez-De La Rosa are facing immigration proceedings.
The plea is the result of plea is the result of an investigation by U.S. Border Patrol, under the direction of Patrol Agent-in-Charge Josh Barrett. Sentencing is scheduled for December 12, 2019, before Judge Vilardo.