West Michigan Woman Sentenced To 72 Months In Prison For Defrauding Immigrants Seeking Legal Status By Posing As A Department Of Homeland Security Attorney
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr., announced today that Manolo Miguel Santos-Deleon, 33, of Guatemala, was sentenced to 56 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney. In May, Santos-Deleon pled guilty to illegally reentering the country following a felony conviction and failure to register as a sex offender. Santos-Deleon will be removed from the United States after the completion of his term of incarceration.
In 2012, Santos-Deleon was convicted in New York of first-degree sexual abuse, contact by forcible compulsion, which required him to register as a sex offender. Later that year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") removed Santos-Deleon to his native country of Guatemala. In 2014, Santos-Deleon returned to the United States illegally and travelled to Michigan. He did not register as a sex offender in Michigan or update his registration in New York, although he was required to do so by federal and state law.
Rebecca Adducci, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Field Office Director for Detroit, said that "ICE will continue to focus enforcement efforts on priority cases like this one. Targeted enforcement ensures the very best use of agency resources."
ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations led the investigation, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin M. Presant prosecuted the case.