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Illegal Alien Charged With Re‑Entering U.S. Without Permission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2010

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 named Jorge Torres‑Perez, 34, of Mexico, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Jorge Torres‑Perez, having previously been deported from the United States pursuant to law on Sept. 20, 1997, was present in the Western District of Pennsylvania on July 2, 2010, without having applied for and received permission from the Attorney General of the United States or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reenter 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 offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement 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.

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