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U.S. Attorney's Office announces the indictment of four individuals with immigration offenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the indictments of four individuals in separate cases today by a grand jury in Williamsport.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the individuals are:

     Roque Perez, age 22, a native and citizen of Mexico, was charged with being an alien, previously arrested and deported from the United States, who did knowingly and unlawfully re-enter the country. He was apprehended in State College, Pennsylvania.

     Nicasio Peralta Lopez, age 36, a native and citizen of Honduras, was charged with being an alien, previously arrested and deported from the United States, who did knowingly and unlawfully re-enter the country. He was apprehended in Milton, Pennsylvania.

     Adgar Rene Ureste-Meza, age 34, a native and citizen of Mexico, was charged with being an alien, previously arrested and deported from the United States, who did knowingly and unlawfully re-enter the country. He was apprehended in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. He is also charged with allegedly providing false statements and documents to federal agents.

     Juan Carlos Mayen-Rivas, age 23, a native and citizen of Mexico, was charged with illegal entry into the United States as well as fraud and misuse of a visa.

     If convicted, Perez and Lopez face up to two years of imprisonment and fines of more than $250,000. Ureste-Meza faces a maximum of ten years imprisonment and fines of up to $700,000. Mayen-Rivas faces a maximum of ten years imprisonment and fines of up to $250,000.

     All of the cases were investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney William Simmers.

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