Colombian Citizen Indicted for Illegal Reentry into the US

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HARRISBURG, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jair Alexander Peralta Vanegas, age 52, of Colombia, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on a charge of Illegal Reentry.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that on or about April 27, 2023, Peralta Vanegas was found in Lebanon County Pennsylvania after previously having been removed from the United States.  The indictment also alleges that Peralta Vanegas had been removed from the United States through Alexandria, Louisiana, and reentered without first obtaining legal permission to do so.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney David C. Williams is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is two years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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