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06/07/2019

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Ghanaian man sentenced for hindering his removal

SCRANTON – On June 7, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced, that on June 5, 2019, a United States District Court Judge sentenced a Ghanaian man, to a time served sentence of approximately 40 months, for hindering his removal, following an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers.

“ICE officers take pride in serving our community, we do so with honor and integrity, let Mr. Owusu sentencing serve as warning that people order removed must comply with ICE officials during all stages of the removals process,” said Simona L. Flores, field office director for ERO Philadelphia. "ICE will continue to devote the full efforts of our agency to protecting citizens and enforcing federal immigration law.”

Patrick Owusu, 42, a citizen of Ghana, will be removed once he has completed his sentence.

In 2012, an Immigration Judge ordered Owusu to return to his home country of Ghana after he was convicted of several serious criminal offenses while residing in the United States. On March 31, 2014 and May 28, 2014, ICE officers attempted to remove Owusu from the United States, but he resisted and refused to board the plane. 

Owusu is currently in ICE custody.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/07/2019