States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|December 9, 2010||
MIDDLETOWN RESIDENT CHARGED WITH IMMIGRATION, PASSPORT OFFENSES
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport returned an indictment today charging RAMON SALAMANCA-SARABIA, also known as “Eloy Zetina,” 56, a citizen of El Salvador recently residing in Middletown, with one count of reentry of removed alien, one count of passport fraud and one count of making a false statement to a federal agent.
The indictment alleges that SALAMANCA-SARABIA, who was deported from the United States to his native El Salvador in 1975, illegally reentered the U.S. SALAMANCA-SARABIA did not obtain the consent of the Attorney General of the United States or his successor, the Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, to reapply for admission into the United States.
The indictment also alleges that, in June 2006, SALAMANCA-SARABIA applied for a U.S. Passport using the name Eloy Zetina.
Finally, the indictment alleges that, on January 27, 2010, SALAMANCA-SARABIA fraudulently stated to agents with the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Diplomatic Security that his true identity was Eloy Zetina.
If convicted of the charges, SALAMANCA-SARABIA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years.
SALAMANCA has been detained since his arrest on November 12, 2010.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Fraud Detection and National Security. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Krishna R. Patel.
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