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Turkish Man Sentenced to 3½ Months for Unlawfully Re-Entering the United States

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

Contact: Jim Moore
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Tayfun Remzi Reis, 61, of Istanbul, Turkey, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 3½ months in prison for unlawfully re-entering the United States after having been removed from the country. He was also fined $2,000.

According to court records, on May 30, 2016, the defendant was discovered by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in an area of a recent border sensor activation near Blaine, Maine.  Reis was located close to the international border, adjacent to a beaten down trail, and was found on the ground in a fetal position covered by branches.  Fingerprint results revealed that he was a citizen of Turkey who in 1998 had been removed from the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Border Patrol.

Updated September 6, 2016