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Ghanaian National Sentenced To 40 Months Time Served For Refusing To Depart The United States

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

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on June 5, 2019, United States District Court Judge James M. Munley sentenced Patrick Owusu, age 42, a citizen of Ghana, to a time served sentence of approximately 40 months, for hindering his removal from the United States.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, in 2012, an Immigration Judge ordered Owusu to return to his home country of Ghana after he was convicted of several serious criminal offenses while residing in the United States.  On March 31, 2014 and May 28, 2014, immigration officials attempted to remove Owusu from the United States, but he resisted and refused to board the plane.

Owusu has remained in custody since being charged in December 2015.  He is to be deported back to Ghana following this sentence.

The case was investigated by officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo.

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Updated June 7, 2019