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9 aliens indicted on illegal reentry charges, aggravated identity theft

(Photos: Wake County Sheriff's Office)

RALEIGH - A federal grand jury in Raleigh returned indictments charging 9 aliens with a slew of charges, including aggravated identity theft.

Jose Raudilio Acosta-Hernandez, 28, of Honduras; Saul Cisneros-Franco, 26, of Mexico; Agrpino Crisostomo-Lopez, 38, of Guatemala; Jorge Gomez-Perez, 48, of Mexico; Jose Quinvero, 36, of El Salvador; Mario Santana, 29, of Mexico; Jose Carmen Soto, 44, of Mexico; and Victoriano Valenzuela-Rojas were all charged with illegal reentry of a deported alien.

Maria Asuncion Lucas-Mendez, 31, of Guatemala was charged with false representation of a social security account number and aggravated identity theft.

The individuals were found in counties throughout North Carolina, including Robeson, Pitt, Pender, Wake, Sampson, Harnett, Wilson and Duplin.

If convicted of illegal reentry of a deported alien, Acosta-Hernandez, Crisostomo-Lopez, Gomez-Perez, Quinvero, Santana, Soto and Valenzuela-Rojas would face maximum penalties of two years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, officials said in a press release.

Cisneros-Franco is also alleged to have been previously deported subsequent to aggravated felony convictions, which include trafficking in a controlled substance and illegal reentry of an aggravated felon.

If Cisneros-Franco is convicted, he would face a maximum imprisonment term of 20 years, a $250,000 fine as well as a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

If Lucas-Mendez is convicted of false representation of a social security account number and aggravated assault, it's possible she could face maximum penalties of seven years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

"The charges and allegations contained in the indictments are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law," officials said in a press release.

All of these cases are being investigated by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations and Homeland Security Investigations.

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