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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Chinese National Charged with Illegal Reentry

BOSTON - A Chinese national was charged today in federal court in Boston with illegally reentering the United States after being deported.

Chun Lin Zhang, 41, was indicted on one count of illegal reentry of a deported alien.

According to court documents, Zhang was previously deported on July 17, 1999. Law enforcement officers discovered Zhang on Jan. 29, 2018, and determined him to be illegally present in the United States.

The charge of illegal reentry provides for a sentence of no greater than two years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Zhang will be subject to deportation upon completion of any sentence imposed. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Soivilien of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting this case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated April 19, 2018