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Republic Of Liberia Man Sentenced To 12 Months In Prison For Hindering Deportation

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 Emmanuel Tenneh, age 29, an alien who resided in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on January 10, 2022, to 12 months’ imprisonment to be followed by one year on supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, for hindering his deportation from the United States.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Tenneh is a native of Liberia who was admitted into the United States as a refugee in 2004. Since the time of being admitted into the United States, Tenneh was convicted of several crimes including felony drug distribution, simple assault, driving under the influence, and firearms violations. Tenneh was ordered deported to his home country of Liberia by an immigration court but refused to cooperate in his deportation. After serving his sentence, Tenneh will face deportation.

The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd K. Hinkley prosecuted the case.

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Updated January 11, 2023