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January 31, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced
today that on January 21, 2011, the following Defendants, all from Mexico, Eduardo Quino-Belli, age
18; Israel Marcial-Malaga, age 22; Samuel Paulino-Esteban, age 28; Felipe Villegas-Velasco, age 40; Noe Rodriguez-Patlan, age 28, and on and on January 28, 2011, additional Defendants Victor Pablo-Chima, age 34, of Mexico, and Jose Ramirez-Toto, age 23, of Mexico, pled guilty in federal district court, East St. Louis, Illinois, to a two-count Indictment charging: (1) Entry Without Inspection, in
violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1325(a); and (2) Use of a Social Security Number Not
Assigned to Defendant, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

The violations took place in Madison County, Illinois.

The maximum penalties that can be imposed for Entry Without Inspection are 6 months’
imprisonment, a $5000 fine, or both, one year supervised release, and a $10 special assessment. The
maximum penalties that can be imposed of Use of a Social Security Number Not Assigned to Defendant
are 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, 3 years’ supervised release, and a $100 special

A Memorandum filed with the Court, by the Government, for each defendant, alleges that at a
trial of each defendant, the Government would prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:

a. On November 30, 2010, ICE agents apprehended Defendant, who was living in Highland,
Illinois, where Defendant was also employed at a Mexican restaurant;
b. Defendant was then and is now an alien – that is, a citizen of Mexico;
c. Prior to November 30, 2010, Defendant had unlawfully entered the United States at a time
and place other than as designated by immigration officials of the United States for the entrance
of immigrants into the United States;
d. Between the time of said entrance into the United States and November 30, 2010, Defendant
knowingly eluded examination and inspection by immigration officers.
e. Defendant used a false social security number to obtain and maintain employment at said
Mexican restaurant, and thus Defendant’s use of said false Social Security number was for the
purpose of obtaining a thing of value from his employer – namely, his wages for performance
of his work duties at said restaurant;
f. Defendant falsely represented said number to be the Social Security number assigned to him
by the Commissioner of Social Security;
g. In fact, said number was not a Social Security number assigned to Defendant by the
Commissioner of Social Security.

Sentencings have been set for the Defendants in District Court, in East St. Louis, as follows:

February 11, 2011: Israel Marcial-Malaga (2:30) and Eduardo Quino-Belli (1:30); Noe
Rodriguez-Patlan (2:30);
March 21, 2011: Felipe Villegas-Velasco (1:30)
April 29, 2011: Jose Ramirez-Toto (1:00 p.m.)
May 6, 2011: Victor Pablo-Chima (1:30 p.m.); Samuel Paulino-Esteban (2:30).

The case was investigated by agents of ICE and the Highland Police Department. The case was
prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen B. Clark.




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