Doctor, ex-wife sentenced in maid harboring case

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 8:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a central Kentucky cardiologist and his ex-wife to two years' probation and ordered them to pay $100,000 in back pay to a Bolivian woman whom they admitted harboring as a virtual prisoner.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/UmwWOP ) reports 59-year-old Dr. Javier Arce of Elizabethtown pleaded guilty Monday to failing to report knowledge of a felony to the proper authorities and his former wife, 56-year-old Cristina Mier Arce of Hardin County, to harboring for financial gain.

Her indictment alleges they recruited an undocumented woman to work as their domestic servant and harbored her unlawfully from 1994 to 2006.

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II sentenced both on Monday.

The defendants allegedly paid the woman, who was identified only as "I.L.," no more than $20,000 over 12 years.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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