Removed Alien Charged with Illegally Re-entering the U.S.

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ERIE, PA — A former resident of Guatemala has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of reentry of removed alien, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

The one-count Indictment released on January 4, 2023, named Milton Arnoldo Montenegro-Rodas, 40, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment presented to the court, on or about October 2, 2022, Montenegro-Rodas was found to be unlawfully present within the United States. Montenegro-Rodas had been previously ordered deported and removed from the United States on March 26, 2013, and was removed from the United States on April 30, 2013. The defendant subsequently reentered the United States and was found to be present in this country without the permission of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 2 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 Molly W. Anglin is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The 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.

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