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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Three Aliens Indicted on Multiple Immigration Violations

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned indictments charging BELARMINO LORENZO-LOPEZ, age 25, of Guatemala, with possession of unlawfully obtained documents, aggravated identity theft, and illegal reentry, OBISPO EULOGIO PEREZ-CABRERA, age 29, of Guatemala, with false attestation, possession of unlawfully obtained document, false claim of United States citizenship with intent to obtain a State benefit and service, and failure to register and be fingerprinted, and GUSTAVO DEJESUS SERPAS-VASQUEZ, age 41, of El Salvador, with illegal reentry.

If convicted of possession of unlawfully obtained documents, aggravated identity theft, and illegal reentry of a deported alien, LORENZO-LOPEZ, found in Duplin County, would face maximum penalties of fourteen years’ imprisonment, a $750,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If convicted of false attestation, possession of unlawfully obtained document, false claim of United States citizenship with intent to obtain a State benefit and service, and failure to register and be fingerprinted, PEREZ-CABRERA, found in Wayne County, would face maximum penalties of twenty years’ and six months imprisonment, a $751,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

SERPAS-VASQUEZ, found in Wake County, is alleged to have been previously deported subsequent to a felony conviction (illegal reentry by a convicted felon). Therefore, if convicted, he would face a maximum imprisonment term of 10 years, a $250,000 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. 

The cases are being investigated by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and Homeland Security Investigations under the Document Benefit Fraud Task Force.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated November 27, 2018