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

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August 10, 2012

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

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, seven individuals were indicted on charges they illegally re-entered the United States following a prior arrest and deportation, one individual was charged with document fraud.

     Manuel Hernandez, age 35, a native and citizen of Honduras in the United States illegally after previously having been arrested and deported from the United States on May 9, 2007. He was apprehended by federal immigration agents in Adams County, Pennsylvania.

     Hermenejildo Fuentes-Mariche, age 34, a native and citizen of Mexico in the United States illegally after a 2004 York County conviction for Resisting Arrest, was deported from the United States on May 5, 2006. He was apprehended recently by federal immigration agents in York County, Pennsylvania.

     Juan Manuel Pimentel-Garcia, age 32, a native and citizen of Mexico in the United States illegally after previously having been arrested and deported from the United States on May 4, 2009. He was apprehended by federal immigration agents in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

     Carlos E. Baiza-Funes, age 32, a native and citizen of El Salvador in the United States illegally after a 2001 Luzerne County conviction for Aggravated Assault, was deported on August 29, 2008. He was apprehended by federal immigration agents in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

     Juan Carlos Quintanilla-Pineda, age 27, a native and citizen of El Salvador in the United States illegally after previously having been arrested and deported from the United States on March 28, 2007. He was apprehended by federal immigration agents in York County, Pennsylvania.

     Francisco Gonzalez-Rojas, age 32, a native and citizen of Mexico in the United States illegally after previously having been arrested and deported from the United States on February 23, 2006. He was apprehended by federal immigration agents in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

     Margarito Garcia-Zamudio, age 31, a native and citizen of Mexico in the United States illegally after previously having been arrested and deported from the United States on six occasions, the latest being in October 2010. He was located by federal immigration agents in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, the defendants charged with illegal re-entry face prison sentences.

     U.S. Attorney Smith also announced the indictment of Juan Diego Vazquez-Mejia, age 19, a native and citizen of Mexico, in the United States illegally and charged with knowingly possess, use, or attempt to use a fraudulent alien permanent residence card and social security card on or before July 7, 2012, during a traffic stop in Hampden Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Vazquez-Mejia faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $750,000 fine.

     All the investigations were conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The Hampden Township Police Department also assisted in the investigation of Vazquez-Mejia. Prosecution of the cases is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell.

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An Indictment or Information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Grand Jury and/or United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant has pled guilty to the charges.

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