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Brazilian found in Danbury sentenced to prison for illegally re-entering the US

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Nora R. Dannehy, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced today that Cassio Kennedy Desouza, 29, a citizen of Brazil, was sentenced yesterday, May 28, by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to 24 months of imprisonment for unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. Desouza pleaded guilty to the offense on Jan. 22, 2008. This case was investigated by ICE with the assistance of the Danbury police department.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, in May 1999, Desouza pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to bank fraud involving more than $10,000. In June 1999, an Immigration Judge ordered Desouza removed to Brazil based on the bank fraud conviction. On July 14, 1999, the warrant of deportation was executed and Desouza was removed to Brazil.

On June 8, 2000, Desouza was found in Massachusetts and subsequently charged with illegal reentry. After Desouza pleaded guilty to the charge and served 18 months of imprisonment, he again was deported to Brazil on Dec. 28, 2001.

On Aug. 12, 2007, Desouza was found in Danbury, Connecticut, having once again illegally re-entered the United States after deportation. Prior to that date, Desouza had been arrested by Danbury police and charged with disorderly conduct.

Before re-entering the United States, anyone who has been deported must have the express consent of the U.S. Attorney General or his successor, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Desouza will be deported to Brazil after he completes his prison term.