Federal Grand Jury Indicts Man for Illegal Re-entry into the United States

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HARRISBURG, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Joel Leovaldo Dominguez, age 35, of Dominican Republic, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury with illegal re-entry into the United States by a previously deported alien.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that Dominguez was previously removed from the United States on September 19, 2018, through Alexandria, Louisiana, and it is alleged that he reentered the United States without first obtaining legal permission to do so. The indictment also alleges that on May 17, 2023, Dominguez was encountered in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe is prosecuting the case.

Based on his prior criminal history, Dominguez faces a maximum penalty of 10 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 a court of law.

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