43 year old Indian national Manish Patel, was found guilty on Monday, 3 April, for entering the United States illegally in early morning hours of 20 January 2017. Patel was announced guilty by the court of US Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.
“As part of his guilty plea, Patel admitted to presenting a forged Indian passport to Border Patrol agents in the early-morning hours of January 20, 2017. Patel used the forged passport –which was in another person’s name, but bore Patel’s photograph – to fly from India to Toronto, by way of London, prior to illegally entering the United States,” according to the Department of Justice’s news statement.
Apparently, Patel did not present himself for inspection when he entered the United States in January. Upon investigation, US Border Patrol agents found that Patel was also wanted for multiple felony charges including attempted homicide of an unborn child. According to a news statement by US Customs and Border Protection officers in January, the vehicle that entered the US was occupied by the driver alone. However, after few hours inside the US, the officers saw another passenger that made them suspicious of a potential alien smuggling attempt.
Patel faces a maximum imprisonment of 10 years and three years of post-imprisonment supervised release. The court may also fine him with $250,000. He will be sentenced on 16 August 2016 at 11.30 a.m. Generally, judges do not announce maximum punishment for the culprits. “A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors,” the Justice Department’s statement read.