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Brazilian Woman Sentenced For Illegal Re-Entry into United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Carla Cristina DePaula, age 39, and a citizen of Brazil and Italy, was sentenced yesterday to time served (4 months in jail) for attempting to illegally re-enter the United States. 


The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Steven Bronson, United States Customs and Border Protection Port Director for the Champlain Port of Entry.


As part of her guilty plea, DePaula admitted that she is a citizen of Brazil and Italy, and that she attempted to illegally return to the United States after she was removed to Brazil on July 28, 2008.   


On June 25, 2017, DePaula was arrested as she attempted to enter the United States from Canada by bus at the Champlain Port of Entry.  DePaula presented her Italian passport and said she intended to travel to Boston, Massachusetts.  She did not have permission to re-enter the United States.              


Following her sentencing, DePaula was remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, for removal from the United States.  


This case was investigated by United States Customs and Border Protection and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward P. Grogan.


Updated November 2, 2017