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Janiber Vieira, Mother of Former Boynton Beach Cop David Britto, Gets a Trial Date

Janiber "Jane" Andrade Vieira -- mother of former Boynton Beach cop/alleged meth trafficker/federal fugitive David Britto -- is set to go to trial November 14.

Vieira, 51, is accused of helping arrange her son's escape to Brazil, where he can live freely as a Brazilian citizen.

Vieira faces charges of contempt of court -- which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison -- as well as conspiracy to fail to appear before the court and making a false statement, which each carry maximum sentences of five years in prison.

Britto took a flight from Miami to Brasilia, Brazil, on August 24, with a one-way ticket purchased by Vieria the day before at a Pompano Beach travel agency, court documents say.

Not only did Vieira buy the plane ticket in Britto's name, the feds also allege she told Drug Enforcement Administration the next day that she did not help and assist Britto in obtaining or purchasing the plane ticket to Brazil.

Britto, as you may remember, also faces life in prison after being arrested in July for conspiring to possess more than 500 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

According to Vieira's arrest warrant, filed on September 2, a DEA agent states that Britto's ankle monitor had signaled a "tamper alert" after he cut it off on August 24 -- the same day Britto boarded that flight to Brazil -- but the U.S. Probation Office did not notify the DEA until the next day.

The agent writes that the DEA was notified by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement "later that afternoon" of August 25 that Britto was scheduled to board a one-way flight from Miami to Brasilia, Brazil, on a TAM Airlines flight.

That day, DEA agents went to the travel agency in Pompano Beach -- Chang Express Travel -- where they found that Vieira had paid cash for Britto's ticket, which was verified from audio/video security footage.

On September 2, federal agents managed to capture Vieira trying to leave the country from JFK International Airport in New York to San Paulo, Brazil.

According to documents filed in federal court yesterday, a calendar call for Vieira's trial is scheduled for November 7, and the trial itself is set to begin on November 14 at 9 a.m. before Judge William P. Dimitrouleas in Fort Lauderdale.

If there are any motions for continuance filed, we'll know about it by October 28.

The feds also asked for the $50,000 bond Vieira posted for her son, as she co-signed on half of the $100,000 bond before her son skipped town. She put up her Coral Springs home as collateral at the time, but she never actually owned the title to her house, which was in her husband's name.

The order for the feds to collect Vieira's $50,000 bond posting was signed by a federal judge on Monday.

Vieira remains in jail without bond.

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