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Mexican Citizen Pleads Guilty To Immigration Violation

May 10, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, May 10, 2010, that Javier Gomez-Velazquez, a resident of Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal immigration laws.

Gomez-Velazquez, age 25, of Mexico pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller advised the court that Gomez-Velazquez is an alien who was removed from the United States on or about April 18, 2003, and then reentered the United States and was found in Allegheny County on or about April 13, 2010, without having applied for and received permission from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Judge Bloch scheduled sentencing for September 2, 2010 at 11:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 2 years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Turtle Creek Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Gomez-Velazquez.

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