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Alien Removed From U.S. Eight Times Charged With Immigration Violation

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 Victor Manuel Gonzalez‑Martinez, a/k/a Victor Gonzalez, 28, of Mexico as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Gonzalez‑Martinez, an alien from Mexico, was removed from the United States on May 19, 2004, May 23, 2004, May 25, 2004, Nov. 13, 2005, Sept. 26, 2006, Oct. 26, 2006, Oct. 31, 2006, and Dec. 29, 2006, and then reentered the United States and was found in Greene County on or about June 29, 2010, without having applied for and received permission from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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 A. Elliot McLean is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Pennsylvania State Police 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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