Illinois Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Passing Counterfeit United States Currency and Attempted Passing Counterfeit United States Currency
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a man from Michoacan, Mexico, convicted of Illegal Reentry after Deportation was sentenced on March 24, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.
Jose Antonio Rivera, a/k/a Ulises Valenzuela-Rivera, age 31, was sentenced to 28 months in custody and assessed $100.
Rivera was indicted for Illegal Reentry after Deportation by a federal grand jury on January 22, 2014. He pled guilty on January 24, 2014.
Rivera is a citizen of Mexico, and was deported from the United States on November 24, 2009. He reentered the United States and was found in South Dakota on July 26, 2010, when he was arrested for a drug-related felony. Following his conviction in South Dakota for the drug-related felony, his second such conviction, he served his sentence and was released to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for prosecution for entering the United States without permission of the government.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Connie Larson prosecuted the case.
Rivera was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.