PORTLAND — Maine federal prosecutor says eight Brazilian nationals are facing deportation proceedings after they were sentenced in Portland on federal visa fraud convictions.

U.S. Attorney Paul Silsby says the individuals traveled from Massachusetts to Maine in late 2007 and early 2008 and tried to get Maine driver’s licenses or identity cards.
None of the defendants were issued Maine documents.

The defendants pleaded guilty in December to one-count indictments of visa fraud.

The individuals had been incarcerated for about four months. They were sentenced last week to time served.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Stacy Neumann says the eight were then turned over to the Department of Homeland Security for possible deportation proceedings.