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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Three Aliens Indicted on Illegal Reentry Charges, Visa Fraud, and False Representation of a Social Security Number, and Aggravated Identity Theft

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina announces that a federal grand jury in Wilmington has returned indictments charging MAURICIO HERNANDEZ-RAMIREZ, age 37, of Mexico, and OMAR HERNANDEZ-ALAVEZ, age 30, of Mexico with Illegal Reentry of a Deported Alien.

Additionally, the grand jury returned an indictment charging SANTOS MILENY TORRES-DIAZ, age 31, of Honduras, with Illegal Reentry, Visa Fraud, False Representation of a Social Security Number, and Aggravated Identity Theft.

If convicted of illegal reentry, HERNANDEZ-RAMIREZ, previously deported and found in Wake County, would face maximum penalties of two years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. 

If convicted of illegal reentry subsequent to a felony conviction, HERNANDEZ-ALAVEZ, previously deported nine times and found in Wake County, would face maximum penalties of ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of illegal reentry, visa fraud, false representation of a social security number, and aggravated identity theft, TORRES-DIAZ would face maximum penalties of 24 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. 

The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations.  The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and Homeland Security Investigations are investigating the cases.

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Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated March 25, 2020