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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 19, 2013

Jose Gonzalez-grana Indicted For Making A False Statement Claiming United States Citizenship And Illegal Use Of A Social Security Number

JOSE GONZALEZ-GRANA, age 35, a citizen of Mexico, was charged in a two-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury today with making a false statement claiming United States citizenship and illegal use of a Social Security Number, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to the indictment, on May 3, 2012, GONZALEZ, an alien, knowingly made a false statement and claim that he was a United States citizen in order to unlawfully engage in employment in the United States.  GONZALEZ was also charged with falsely representing that a Social Security number had been assigned to him by the Commissioner of Social Security with intent to deceive for the purpose of completing an Employment Eligibility Verification Form.

If convicted of both counts, GONZALEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $500,000 and 3 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

U. S. Attorney Boente reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE) as part of Operation Safe Neighborhood.  The prosecution is being handled by Special Assistant United States Attorney Robert Weir.

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