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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 17, 2014

Illegal Alien Sentenced To 11 Months In Prison For Conspiracy To Induce Other Aliens To Unlawfully Reside In The United States

An illegal alien who conspired with others to transport and encourage aliens to reside in the United States in violation of the law was sentenced today to eleven months’ in federal prison.

Ramon Perez, age 22, an illegal alien from Guatemala living in Waucoma, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 28, 2014, guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to transport, encourage and induce aliens to reside in the United States in violation of law.

In a plea agreement, Perez admitted he conspired with others to encourage aliens to work and reside in the Iowa in violation of the law.  As part of the conspiracy, Perez brought aliens from Colorado to work and reside in Iowa.  In Iowa, Perez transported aliens to work sites where he supervised their work constructing grain bins.

Perez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Perez was sentenced to eleven months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Perez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. 

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 14-CR-2039.

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Updated February 19, 2015