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U.S. Attorney's Office announces the indictments of three individuals charged with immigration fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the indictments by a grand jury in Harrisburg last week on March 14, 2012 of three individuals charged with immigration fraud in separate cases.

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

     Honorato Flores-Coyotecl, age 47, a native and citizen of Mexico, charged with being an alien who has previously been arrested and deported from the United States on March 12, 2012, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States and was apprehended in York County, Pennsylvania.

     Rogaciano Hernandez-Sanchez, age 49, a native and citizen of Mexico, was charged with being an alien who has previously been arrested, and deported from the United States on October 22, 2009, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States and was apprehended in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

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

     U.S. Attorney Smith also announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Elvira Gonzalez-Figueroa with Fraud and Misuse of Documents, Social Security Fraud, and Improper Entry by an Alien. The indictment alleges that from June 2, 2002, through April 27, 2011, Gonzalez-Figueroa knowingly possessed, used, and attempted to use a counterfeit Lawful Permanent Resident card and social security card, in order to obtain employment at a restaurant in York County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Gonzalez-Figueroa faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     All three cases were investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Detectives from the York County District Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation of Gonzalez-Figueroa. Prosecution is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell.

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