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Honduran Charged With Illegally ReĀ­Entering U.S. After Removal

May 25, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, May 25, 2010, that Abraham Cruz‑Paz, a/k/a Jose Abraham Cruz‑Paz of Honduras, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal immigration laws.

The one‑count indictment names Cruz‑Paz, age 28, of Honduras, as the sole defendant.

According to the one‑count indictment presented to the court, Cruz‑Paz, an alien from Honduras, was removed from the United States on April 4, 2006, and December 5, 2007, and then reentered the United States and was found in Lawrence County on or about May 2, 2010, without having applied for and received permission from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Assistant United States Attorney A. Elliot McLean, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum 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 would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Hermitage Police Department 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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