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Mexican Citizen Charged with Immigration Violation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13 , 2011

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Oaxaca, Mexico, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of violating federal immigration laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named Bonifacio Julian-Ramos, 30, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on or about November 15, 2011, Julian-Ramos was found to be unlawfully present within the United States. Julian-Ramos had been previously ordered deported and removed from the United States on September 15, 2011 and was removed from the United States on September 20, 2011.  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.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 2 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 Christine A. Sanner is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 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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