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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Haitian Citizen Sentenced for Illegal Re-entry into United States

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Obanette Jean, age 35, and a citizen of Haiti, was sentenced today to time served (55 days in jail) for illegal re-entry into the United States.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Robert N. Garcia, Acting Chief Patrol Agent, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector.

Jean was ordered removed from the United States to Haiti on April 1, 2015.  On October 12, 2017, Jean departed the United States while the removal order was pending, and entered Canada.  On July 27, 2018, she was arrested by a Border Patrol Agent just south of the border after she entered the United States from Canada without inspection approximately one-quarter mile west of the Champlain Port of Entry.  Jean admitted that she returned to the United States without permission.   

Following the sentencing, Jean was remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, for removal proceedings.     

This case was investigated by Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated September 20, 2018