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3 illegal aliens in Indiana charged with unlawfully re-entering the US

INDIANAPOLIS - In unrelated cases, three previously deported illegal aliens were indicted in federal court for illegally re-entering the United States. The charges resulted from investigations conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Hector Castellanos-Perdomo, 56, of Honduras; and Moises Ortiz-Castenada, 28, of Mexico, were charged June 23 in the Southern District of Indiana. Francisco Garcia-Montalvo, 29, of Mexico, was charged June 17. All face charges of illegally re-entering into the United States after having been previously deported, which is a felony.

The indictment against Castellanos-Perdomo, a Honduran national, alleges that he has a 1991 felony conviction for continual sexual abuse in California. He was subsequently deported in 2000, and was prohibited from ever legally re-entering the United States. Castellanos-Perdomo was reportedly found in Hamilton County on May 11.

The information against Garcia-Montalvo, a Mexican national, alleges that he was deported to Mexico on two occasions in 2003 and 2008. He has prior aggravated felony convictions in Indiana for burglary in 2003 and 2005, and illegal re-entry in 2006. Those convictions prohibited him from ever legally re-entering the United States. Garcia-Montalvo was reportedly found in Hendricks County on May 24.

The indictment against Ortiz-Castenada, a Mexican national, alleges that he was previously deported seven different times between 2002 and 2005. He was reportedly found in Bartholomew County on April 14. He did not have the consent of the U.S. Attorney General or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to re-enter into the United States.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gayle L. Helart, Southern District of Indiana, is prosecuting these cases. An indictment is an accusation only; a person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

If convicted, Castellanos-Perdomo and Garcia-Montalvo each face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Ortiz-Castenada faces a maximum of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Each defendant faces deportation after serving any prison sentence imposed.

For more information, visit www.ice.gov.