NEW HAVEN RESIDENT CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY REENTERING U.S., POSSESSING FRAUDULENT PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD
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 ROBERTO A. MORI-PEREZ, 55, a citizen of Peru recently residing in New Haven, with one count of reentry of a removed alien and one count of possession of a fraudulent permanent resident card.
The indictment alleges that MORI-PEREZ, who was previously deported from the United States to his native Peru, illegally reentered the United States. MORI-PEREZ 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, on August 17, 2011, MORI-PEREZ possessed a fraudulent permanent resident card.
According to previously filed court documents, MORI-PEREZ was deported from the United States to Peru on August 29, 1989, after he was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance, an aggravated felony.
If convicted, MORI-PEREZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years for illegally reentering the U.S. and a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years for possessing a fraudulent permanent resident card.
MORI-PEREZ has been detained since his arrest on August 17, 2011.
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. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Fugitive Operations Program. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Neeraj Patel.
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