NEW YORK: A 30-year-old Punjabi Uber driver who gave rides to illegal aliens crossing the US-Canadian border has been sentenced to a year in prison.
Jaswinder Singh, 30, who had received asylum in the US, was sentenced by Judge David Hurd at a federal court in Utica, New York state, on Thursday (13 feb.) and he possibly could be deported for picking up illegal aliens in St. Lawrence County.
Singh, who most recently lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, previously admitted to “knowingly transporting illegal aliens within the United States for the purpose of financial gain,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.
The Punjabi Uber driver made several pick-ups at the border, in St. Lawrence County, from January to May 2019, officials said in the press release.
He was arrested last May when he went to spot near the Canadian border to pick up for a payment of $2,200 an adult and a child who had illegally crossed over.
Prosecutors said that if Jaswinder is allowed to stay in the U.S. after his release from prison; he will be supervised for 2 years as part of his sentence.