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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Reentry After Deportation

Defendant has prior convictions for distributing heroin

BOSTON - A Dominican national pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to illegally reentering the United States.

Orlando Genoa-Maldonado, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of illegally reentering the United States after being deported. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for Aug. 30, 2018.

In February 2000, Genoa-Maldonado was convicted in federal court in Pennsylvania of distributing heroin. Upon completion of his sentence, Genoa-Maldonado was placed into removal proceedings, and on March 10, 2004, he was deported to the Dominican Republic. In May 2016, federal officials encountered Genoa-Maldonado at MCI Cedar Junction. Earlier that year, Genoa-Maldonado had been sentenced to nine-to-10 years for heroin trafficking. During an interview with law enforcement, Genoa-Maldonado admitted his status and prior deportation in 2004.

Genoa-Maldonado faces a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 and 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.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Todd M. Lyons, Deputy Field Office Director, Boston, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated June 5, 2018