DeKalb man charged for bringing illegal immigrants to US, alleged financial gain

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A DeKalb man was indicted Tuesday on charges for smuggling, transporting and harboring illegal immigrants to the United States.

Luis A. Delacruz, 49, is accused of bringing two people into the United States in November 2015 and April 2016. The indictment alleges Delacruz brought the people into the country illegally for his private financial gain.

Authorities alleged Delacruz harbored a total of eight people as employees at Alfredo's Iron Works in Cortland on June 1, 2018.

Delacruz's charges include:

-Two counts of bringing aliens to the United States at a place other than a designated port of entry for commercial advantage or private financial gain
-Two counts of bringing aliens to the United States at a place other than a designated port of entry
-Two counts of transporting illegal aliens within the United States for commercial advantage or private financial gain
-Eight counts of harboring illegal aliens for commercial advantage or
private financial gain

If convicted on all charges, Delacruz faces up to 84 years in prison and fines up to $2 million.

Delacruz's arraignment is set for April 23, 2019. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty by the court of law.