Non-Citizen Charged With Hindering Removal to Trinidad and Tobago

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WILLIAMSPORT, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Brent Anthony Benito, age 38, was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury for hindering removal.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Benito is a removable alien, with a valid order of removal.  The indictment alleges that Benito knowingly took steps to prevent his own removal.

This matter was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alisan V. Martin.

Benito faces a maximum penalty of ten 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. Information is subject to change at any time as additional details may emerge. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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