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Burnsville man indicted for illegally entering the U.S.

November 9, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 46-year-old Burnsville man
was indicted for entering the United States illegally after being previously deported as a
criminal. Gerardo Jimenez-Sanchez was specifically charged with one count of unlawful reentry
after removal.

The indictment alleges that on October 13, 2011, Jimenez-Sanchez was found in the U.S.
illegally after having been previously deported to Mexico. His deportation followed a 1997
California conviction for possession of cocaine. The current federal indictment resulted from an
October 13 arrest for having two Minnesota driver’s licenses. According to a law enforcement
affidavit filed in the case, Jimenez-Sanchez was identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“ICE HSI”) as a person who applied for and
received multiple Minnesota state driver’s licenses under different names.

If convicted, Jimenez-Sanchez faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. All
sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge. Jimenez-Sanchez remains in

This case is the result of an investigation by ICE HSI, ICE’s Document Benefit Fraud Task
Force, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S.
Attorney Colin P. Johnson.

An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.

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