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May 11, 2007 - United States Attorney Patrick L. Meehan today announced the indictment* returned by the grand jury charging MAXIMO RAMON PERALTA-PICHARDO of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with being a previously deported alien who re-entered the United States without permission, with making a false statement in an application of United States passport, with making a false claim of citizenship, and with using an identification document, a driver’s license in the name of another person, to defraud the United States. The indictment charges that it was on September 29, 2006, that PERALTA gave a false name and claimed to be a United States citizen in an application for a United States passport, when in fact he was a citizen of the Dominican Republic. It further charges that PERALTA was found in the United States after having been deported, made a false claim of citizenship, and used a driver’s license in the name of another to defraud the United States in connection with his application for a United States passport.



AGE [Date of Birth]

Maximo Ramon Peralta-Pichardo
Bethlehem, PA
31 years old

Peralta faces a maximum penalty of 24 years imprisonment if convicted on all counts.

The case was investigated by the United States Department of State and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Albert S. Glenn.

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*An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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