Alleged Illegal Aliens Indicted for Failure to Leave United States
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 failure to depart the United States.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Rashid Yaqoob, age 37, a native and citizen of Pakistan, was charged with allegedly failing to comply with facilitating his departure from the United States after a final order of removal had been issued. Yaqoob is currently in federal custody.
Michael Mendoza, age 29, a native and citizen of Peru, presently in York County Prison, was also charged with allegedly failing to comply with facilitating his departure from the United States after a final order of removal had been issued.
If convicted, Yaqoob and Mendoza each face a four-year term of imprisonment.
The cases were investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.
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