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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

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