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El Salvadoran Indicted For Unlawfully Returning To The U.S. Following Removal

September 29 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A citizen of El Salvador 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 Leonardo Antonio Molina‑Ganuza, 28, of El Salvador, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about Sept. 7, 2011, Molina-Ganuza was found in Westmoreland County, Pa., after having unlawfully re-entered the United States following removal on or about July 25, 2008.  Molina-Ganuza had not been granted permission to re-enter the United States following his removal on July 25, 2008, as required by law.

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 Margaret E. Picking is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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

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