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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Two Illegal Aliens Charged With Immigration Violations

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), announced that separate criminal charges were filed yesterday against two illegal aliens.

     Fausto Cruz-Lopez, age 33, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg yesterday.  The indictment alleges that Cruz-Lopez, previously arrested and deported from the United States in March 2013, knowingly and unlawfully reentered the United States and was apprehended in York County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Cruz-Lopez faces a maximum sentence of up to 2 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     Estuardo Arana-Tobar, age 32, in the United States illegally was charged in a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg yesterday.  The indictment alleges that Arana-Tobar, convicted in May 2006 of statutory sexual assault, previously arrested and deported from the United States in May 2007, knowingly and unlawfully reentered the United States and was apprehended in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

     If convicted, Arana-Tobar faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

     The investigations were conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and are 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