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Dominican National Charged with Illegal Reentry After Deportation

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON - A Dominican national was charged yesterday in federal court in Boston with a federal immigration crime.

Victor Melo, 49, a Dominican national residing in Boston, was charged with illegally reentering the United States after being deported.

According to the indictment, Melo was deported in March 1991 for unlawfully entering the United States. In May 2017, federal agents in Boston discovered Melo and found him to be again illegally present in the United States.

The charge of illegal reentry after deportation provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Melo will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb and Matthew J. Etre, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Weinreb’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated June 2, 2017