Woman held on Westport traffic charges faces deportation
A woman stopped for motor vehicle violations on the Sherwood Island Connector on Tuesday night was turned over to federal immigration authorities by Westport police after they said they learned she is facing deportation.
Marli Ferreira-Cadette, 48, of Linen Avenue in Bridgeport, was charged with first-degree forgery and criminal impersonation, said police, who then turned her over to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Police said Ferreira-Cadette was stopped because her car had front license plate and the plate on the rear of the vehicle was mutilated and dangling only by one screw.
After she was stopped, police said the woman gave a false name and then produced Brazilian license that was fraudulent.
She was taken into custody, police said they later learned there was a warrant for deportation held by ICE. At the request of the federal agency she was held because there is an order for her deportation currently on file, police said.
Her bond was set at $20,000 and she was scheduled to appear Wednesday in Norwalk Superior Court.