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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Twice Deported, Dominican National Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Reentry into the United States

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Dominican national deported from the United States in 1999 and 2011, and arrested in Rhode Island in December 2017, has been sentenced to federal prison for illegal reentry into the United States.

Manolo Ruiz, 47, formerly of Lawrence, MA, has been sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith to 18 months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch and Rebecca J. Adducci, Interim Field Office Director, for the ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations (ERO) Boston Field Office.

Ruiz, by his own admission, is a native and citizen of the Dominican Republic. He admitted that he was previously deported from Miami, FL, to the Dominican Republic on September 5, 1999, and from Alexandria, LA, to the Dominican Republic on June 16, 2011.

On December 20, 2017, Ruiz was arrested in Rhode Island by Rhode Island State Police on a charge of providing a false document to a public official. He was released from Rhode Island state court on December 21, 2017, into the custody of United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines range of imprisonment in this matter is 21-27 months. The government recommended the court impose a sentence of 21 months in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zechariah Chafee, Border Security coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island.



Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
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Updated June 20, 2018