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Dominican National Charged with Unlawful Reentry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant previously deported four times

BOSTON – A Dominican national was charged yesterday with unlawfully reentering the United States after being deported.

Pedro Wilson Hernandez-Castillo, 49, who resided in Worcester, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of unlawful reentry of a deported alien.

According to the charging documents, Hernandez-Castillo unlawfully re-entered the United States after being deported in August 2018. On June 16, 2020, Hernandez-Castillo was stopped by law enforcement while driving. When asked for identification, Hernandez-Castillo provided the driver’s license and Social Security card of another individual. After determining that Hernandez-Castillo provided false information, the state trooper arrested Hernandez-Castillo. Following his arrest, it was determined that Hernandez-Castillo’s fingerprints biometrically matched the fingerprints in his alien file. 

According to charging documents, Hernandez-Castillo was previously removed from the United States in August 2011, July 2000 and January 1999. 

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. 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 Todd Lyons, Field Office Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Boston, made the announcement. The Massachusetts State Police provided valuable assistance.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucy Sun of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the 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 June 30, 2020