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Honduran Man Sentenced for Illegal Re-entry into United States

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Harbin Omar Maldonado-Fuentes, age 47, and a citizen of Honduras, was sentenced today to time served (30 days in jail) for illegal re-entry into the United States.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Thomas E. Feeley, Director of the Buffalo Field Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

Maldonado-Fuentes was arrested by Border Patrol in Arizona after he was caught entering the United States from Mexico without inspection on September 17, 2004.  Maldonado-Fuentes was removed from the United States to Honduras on October 20, 2004.  On September 22, 2018, he was arrested by an ICE Officer in Walton, Delaware County, New York.   A fingerprint check of Maldonado-Fuentes resulted in the discovery of the prior removal.  Maldonado-Fuentes admitted that he returned to the United States without permission following the 2004 removal. 

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

This case was investigated by ICE-ERO and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated October 22, 2018