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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2012

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

     Santiago Sanchez-Gomez, age 19, a native and citizen of Mexico, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment.

     The indictment alleges that Sanchez-Gomez, an alien who has previously been arrested, and deported from the United States on October 4, 2012, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States and was apprehended in Clinton County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Sanchez-Gomez, faces a maximum sentence of up to two years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     Paulino Lopez-Castillo, age 30, a native and citizen of Mexico, in the United States illegally, was charged in a three-count indictment.

     The indictment alleges that from September 22, 2008 through October 31, 2012, Paulino Lopez-Castillo knowingly possessed, used, and attempted to use a counterfeit Lawful Permanent Resident card in order to obtain employment in Adams County, PA, and fraudulently used a social security number not issued to him.

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

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the cases were investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The Pennsylvania State Police also assisted in the investigation of Lopez-Castillo.

     The cases are being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Alice Song Hartye.

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