Mexican National Indicted For Being Found In Highland Illegally After Having Been Removed Twice From The United States
Jose Manuel Palominos-Moreno, a Mexican national, was indicted on July 18, 2012, for
being found illegally in Highland, IL, after having been removed twice previously by the Department
of Homeland Security, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.
Wigginton, announced today.
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.
If convicted, Palominos could face a term of imprisonment of no more than 20 years, a fine
of no more than $250,000, no more than 3 years of supervised release following any term of
imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment fee.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the Highland Police Department.
The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Monica A. Stump.