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The U.S. Attorney's Office announces the indictment of six individuals charged in unrelated allegations of immigration fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2011

    The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the indictment of six individuals charged in unrelated allegations of fraud related to immigration fraud.

    According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, five individuals were indicted on allegations they illegally re-entered the United States following a prior arrest or deportation.

    Jose Ramirez-Macias, age 40, a native and citizen of Mexico, was apprehended in Franklin County, Pennsylvania; Adinel Martinez-Rivera, age 23, a native and citizen of El Salvador, was apprehended in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania; Emmanuel Cervantes-Espinosa, age 26, and Antonio Garcia-Celis, age 39, both natives and citizens of Mexico, were apprehended in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

    If convicted, all five face up to two years imprisonment and fines of more than $250,000.

    Additionally, Marvin Torres-Garcia, age 18, a native and citizen of Guatemala, in the United States illegally, was charged with allegedly possessing, using, or attempted to use a fraudulent alien permanent residence card prior to an arrest by the Eastern Adams Regional Police Department in Adams County, Pennsylvania, in October 2011.

    If convicted, Torres-Garcia faces a maximum sentence of up to 22 years’ imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine.

    All six indictments are the result of an on-going partnership between the United States Attorney’s Office and the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE).

    These cases were investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Eastern Adams Regional Police Department also assisted in the investigation of Torres-Garcia. Prosecution is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell, who is designated to prosecuted immigration related cases.

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