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Deported Alien Charged With Immigration Violation

March 9, 2010

ERIE, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 9, 2010, that Felix Albaro Mendez-Arellano of Distrito Federal, Mexico, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of violating federal immigration laws.

The one-count indictment named Mendez-Arellano, age 39, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on or about March 1, 2010, Mendez-Arellano was found to be unlawfully present within the United States. Mendez-Arellano had been previously ordered deported and removed from the United States on April 13, 2004.  The defendant subsequently reentered the United States, and was found to be present in this country without the permission of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Assistant United States Attorney Christine A. Sanner, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that 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.

The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 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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