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Guatemalan Man Charged With Illegal Reentry

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 Bartolo De Jesus Felipe-Morales, age 39, of Guatemala, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury with illegal re-entry into the United States by a previously removed alien. 

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that Felipe-Morales was previously removed from the United States to Guatemala on five (5) prior occasions dating back to 2003, and it is alleged that Felipe-Morales illegally reentered the United States sometime after his most recent removal in February of 2014.  The indictment also alleges that on December 17, 2022, Felipe-Morales was encountered in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.         

This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Assistant United States Attorney Brian Gallagher is prosecuting the case.

Felipe-Morales faces a maximum penalty of 2 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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.

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

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Updated February 15, 2023