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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

STEPHEN R. WIGGINTON UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

Nine Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208 402 West Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812

For Immediate Release December 17, 2010 Public Information Officer FAUSA Randy G. Massey (618) 628-3700

INDIVIDUALS FOUND IN HIGHLAND, ILLINOIS, CHARGED WITH IMMIGRATION OFFENSES

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 15, 2010, the following persons were arraigned and detained in federal court in East St. Louis. Each is a citizen of Mexico, and each was living in Highland, Illinois, on or about November 30, 2010: MIGUEL HERNANDEZ-REYES, age36, FRANCISCO MAGANA-ONATE, age 36, ISRAEL MARCIAL-MALAGA, age 22, NOE RODRIGUEZ-PATLAN, age 28, VICTOR PABLO-CHIMA, age 34, SAMUEL PAULINO-ESTEBAN, age 28, EDUARDO QUINO-BELLI, age 18, ROSALBA QUINO-BELLI, age 26, JOSE RAMIREZ-TOTO, age 23, EVARISTO TEMICH-ORGANISTO, age 44, and FELIPE VILLEGAS-VELASCO, age 40.

Separate indictments were returned for each defendant.

An indictment is a formal charge against a defendant. Under the law, a defendant is presumed to be innocent of a charge and is entitled to a fair trial at which the Government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Defendant MAGANA-ONATE is charged with one count of Re-entry into the United States by an Alien Previously Removed from the United States, in violation of 8 USC § 1326(a), for which the maximum penalties are: 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, and 1 year supervised release.

Each of the other defendants is charged in two counts: (1) Unlawful Entry by an Alien into the United States, in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), for which the maximum penalties are 6 months’ imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both, and 1 year supervised release; and (2) Misuse of a Social Security Number, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(7)(B), for which the maximum penalties are 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years’ supervised release.

Trial dates have not yet been set.

The case was investigated by members of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.

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