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U.S. Attorney’s Office Announces the Indictments of Four Individuals Charged with Immigration Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the indictments by a grand jury in Harrisburg Wednesday of four individuals charged with immigration fraud in separate cases.

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

     Jose Alfredo Contreras-Lucio, age 41, a native and citizen of Mexico in the United States illegally, was charged with being an alien who had previously been arrested and deported from the United States on November 28, 2011, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States. He was apprehended by federal immigration agents and the Pennsylvania State Police in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

     Jose Luis Flores-Sandoval, age 23, a native and citizen of Mexico in the United States illegally, was charged with being an alien who had previously been arrested and deported from the United States on April 24, 2007, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States. He was apprehended by federal immigration agents in York County, Pennsylvania.

     Jaime Rodruguez-Guerra, age 33, a native and citizen of Honduras in the United States illegally, was charged with being an alien who had previously been arrested and deported from the United States on December 17, 2010, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States. He was apprehended by federal immigration agents in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

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

     U.S. Attorney Smith also announced the indictment of Fredy Leodan Ramos-Rodas, age 26, a native and citizen of El Salvador in the United States illegally. The indictment alleges that on May 13, 2012, Ramos-Rodas did knowingly possess, use, or attempt to use a fraudulent permanent residence card and social security card during an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol in Hampden Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

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

     The investigations were conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania State Police. The Hampden Township Police Department also assisted in the investigation of Ramos-Rodas.

     Prosecution of the cases is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell.

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