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Adams County resident indicted for document fraud

September 29, 2011

    The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, announced that a 24- year-old native and citizen of Mexico living in Gettysburg, PA has been charged with fraud and misuse of documents.

    According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Octaviano Alvarez-Lopez, age 24, a native and citizen of Mexico, in the United States illegally, was charged in a three-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg yesterday.

    The indictment alleges that Alvarez-Lopez, knowingly possessed, used, or attempted to use a fraudulent alien permanent residence card after an arrest in Gettysburg Borough, Adams County, Pennsylvania, in August 2011.

    If convicted, Lopez-Martinez faces a maximum sentence of up to 12 years’ imprisonment and a $750,000 fine.

    This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Defense Logistics Agency, Federal Police. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell.


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