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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mexican Citizen Apprehended In Lebanon County Charged With Improper Entry

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) announced today that a 42-year-old native and citizen of Mexico has been charged with improper entry into the United States.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Gerardo Bedolla-Diaz, age 42, was charged in a one-count information filed with the Court in Harrisburg today.

     The information alleges that Bedolla-Diaz, an illegal alien, did enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers and was found in the United States in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania after eluding examination or inspection by immigration officers.

     If convicted, Bedolla-Diaz faces a maximum sentence of up to six months’ imprisonment and a $5,000 fine

     This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Alice Song Hartye.

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

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

     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 April 9, 2015