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Man Indicted for Hindering Removal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 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 today that a 41- year-old native and citizen of Central African Republic was charged yesterday with hindering removal from the United States.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Hamadi Souleman Hamad, age 41, a native and citizen of Central African Republic, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg.

     The indictment alleges that Souleman Hamad, an alien who was under a final order of removal from the United States, did convive, conspire, and take action, designed to prevent and hamper and with the purpose of preventing and hampering the alien's departure from the United States. Souleman Hamad was apprehended in York County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Souleman Hamad faces a maximum term of imprisonment of four years and fines up to $250,000.

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

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