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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Removed Alien Charged With Illegally Re-Entering United States

PITTSBURGH - An alien found in Pittsburgh has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of illegal re-entry after deportation, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named German Cardenas-Leon, 42, of Mexico, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, German Cardenas-Leon, a/k/a Eduardo Hurieta, an alien, was formally removed from the United States by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement on July 1, 2013. German Cardenas-Leon was found by ICE agents to be illegally present in Pittsburgh on June 26, 2014.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of two years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul E. Hull is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015