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Guatamalan man charged with citizenship violation

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

A one-count information was filed charging Alonso Ramos Ciprian, 20, of Guatamala, with false claim to U.S. citizenship, said Carole S. Rendon, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.


The information charges that from on or about November 16, 2015, through on or about November 16, 2016, Ciprian, a citizen of Guatemala and therefore an alien in the United States, falsely and willfully represented himself to be a citizen of the United States.


If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.


The investigation preceding the information was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Salem Police Department. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.


An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Updated January 12, 2017