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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Monday, March 30, 2015

Mexican Citizen Sentenced For Illegally Reentering U.S.

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Raul Vivas-Ceja, 34, of Mexico, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 21 months in federal prison for illegally reentering the United States.  He pleaded guilty to the charge on December 19, 2014. 

            Vivas-Ceja was previously deported from the United States on October 8, 2010.  He then illegally reentered the United States and was removed on September 28, 2012, after serving a 12-month sentence for a felony fleeing and eluding conviction in Dane County Circuit Court. 

Vivas-Ceja again illegally returned to the United States and was arrested on September 22, 2013, when he attempted to pass through security at the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wis.  He presented a false and expired Mexican Voter Identification card as his own to Transportation Security Administration agents. 

The charge against Vivas-Ceja was the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter M. Jarosz. 

Updated July 14, 2015