Alien Charged With Re‑Entering U.S. Without Permission
PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A citizen of Mexico has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal immigration laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The one‑count indictment, returned on Aug. 11, named Arturo Jacinto, 27, of Mexico, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, Jacinto, having been deported from the United States pursuant to law on October 26, 2001, was present in Pittsburgh on July 13, 2010, without having applied for or received permission from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to re‑enter the United States.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of two years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
Agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.