DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
HTTP://WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             DIRECT: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

GUATEMALAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS

            TYLER, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 36-year-old Guatemalan National has been sentenced to federal prison for immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            MARINA PASSOW-DUBAN, a native of Guatemala residing in Tyler, Texas, pleaded guilty on Sep. 25, 2009, to possessing and using a false or counterfeit alien registration card and was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.  After she serves her sentence, Passow-Duban will be turned over to Immigration authorities for deportation proceedings.

            According to information presented in court, on Apr. 20, 2009, Passow-Duban possessed and attempted to use a counterfeit I-95, Permanent Resident Card, knowing that the card was a counterfeit.  Passow-Duban and her brother, Mario, were arrested during a controlled delivery of a package containing cocaine which had been imported from Guatemala.  Mario Passow-Duban pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import cocaine on Oct. 5, 2009, and is awaiting sentencing.  His sentencing date has not been set.    

            This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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