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El Salvador Man Indicted For Possession Of Fraudulent Immigration Documents

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

WILLIAMSPORT -The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on October 14, 2021, Carlos Zavala Zamora, age 40, of El Salvador was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of possessing fraudulent immigration documents.

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that in September 2021, Zamora Zavala was arrested in Bloomsburg, PA, by agents of the Department of Homeland Security after being found in possession of a counterfeit Permanent Resident Card and counterfeit Social Security card.

The case was investigated by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement section of the Department of Homeland Security.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur is prosecuting the case.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this count is five years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


Updated October 15, 2021