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A doctor was sentenced to prison for conspiring to surgically alter the fingerprints of an undocumented immigrant for $4,500.
A Boston federal judge sentenced Dr. Jose Elias Zaiter-Pou to one year and one day in prison.
Elias Zaiter-Pou, originally from the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of conspiring to conceal unauthorized immigrants 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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