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Two Mexican Citizens Residing In Dauphin County Charged With Document Fraud In Separate Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2013

     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 two citizens of Mexico have been charged with Fraud and Misuse of Documents in separate indictments.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Martin Perez-Pimental, age 18, and Manuel Alvarez-Alcantara, age 41, were charged separately in one-count indictments by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg today.

     The indictment alleges that on April 4, 2013, Alvarez-Alcantara did knowingly possess, use, or attempt to use a fraudulent permanent resident card and social security card in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
The indictment alleges that on April 24, 2013, Perez-Pimental did knowingly possess, use, or attempt to use a fraudulent permanent resident card and social security card in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
These investigations were conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations. They are being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian G. McDonnell.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In these cases, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is 10 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

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