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Mexican Citizen Charged With Being In U.S. Without Permission

September 16, 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 Celedonio Ramirez‑Flores, 27, of Mexico, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Celedonio‑Ramirez, an alien from Mexico, was removed from the United States on Sept. 21, 2005, and then reentered the United States and was found in Allegheny County, Pa., on or about Aug. 18, 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 Churchill Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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