Rafael Chamba Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on January 21, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, RAFAEL CHAMBA, a 31-year-old citizen of Ecuador, pled guilty to illegal re-entry after deportation. Sentencing is set for March 5, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On October 1, 2009, CHAMBA was encountered at the detention facility in Dawson County by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. When questioned, CHAMBA stated that he was a citizen of Ecuador and admitted to having been previously removed from the United States and that he had never applied to the Secretary of Homeland Security to reenter the United States.
A review of immigration records and a fingerprint comparison revealed that CHAMBA is a citizen of Ecuador and that he had been previously removed from the United States on March 14, 1999, at New York City, New York.
Immigration records checks did not reveal any evidence that CHAMBA had received permission from the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reenter the United States after being removed.
CHAMBA faces possible penalties of 2 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 1 year supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.