Five Foreign Nationals Indicted for Immigration Offenses
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that five suspected illegal aliens were recently indicted on charges of Illegal Re-Entry After Deportation.
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.
The five, who were all Mexican citizens, were arraigned in United States District Court in East St. Louis on November 22, 2011:
1) Catalina Pliego-Benitez, 32, arrested in Belleville, Illinois on November 6, 2011.
2) Jose Baldiva-Marin, 25, arrested in Edwardsville, Illinois on October 15, 2011.
3) Rafael Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 19, arrested in Belleville, Illinois on October 23, 2011.
4) Jose Moreno-Alvarez, 36, arrested in Collinsville, Illinois on November 2, 2011.
5) Abel Solano-Lazaro, 30, arrested in O’Fallon, Illinois on October 15, 2011.
If convicted, each of the five defendants faces a maximum possible sentence of 2 years imprisonment, as well as possible deportation from the United States.
The investigation which resulted in the five indictments was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The cases are assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert L. Garrison for prosecution.