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Dominican citizen indicted for reentry

April 18, 2012

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, announced today that a 44 year old native and citizen of the Dominican Republic has been charged with illegal reentry into the United States.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Jose Antonio Soto, also known as Fremo Santana, age 44, a native and citizen of the Dominican Republic, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg today.

The indictment alleges that Soto, an alien who has previously been arrested and deported from the United States in 2001, did knowingly and unlawfully reenter the United States. He was located by federal immigration agents in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

If convicted, Soto, faces a maximum sentence of up to 2 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell.


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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