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Alleged Illegal Aliens Found in Lackawanna County Indicted for Re-entry

June 27, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a federal grand jury in Scranton Tuesday returned two separate indictments charging the unlawful re-entry into the United States.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Tomas Tlatenchi, age 39, a native and citizen of Mexico, was charged with allegedly re-entering the United States on or before May 27, 2012.

     Juan Anibal Perez-Bonilla, age 42, a native and citizen of Guatemala was charged with allegedly re-entering the United States on or before May 28, 2012.

     If convicted, Tlatenchi and Perez-Bonilla face a two year term of imprisonment.

     The cases were investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcment. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

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 pleaded guilty to the charges.

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