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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jose Gonzalez-grana, Pleads Guilty To 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, pled guilty in federal court today before U. S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon to a two-count indictment charging him with making a false statement claiming United States citizenship  and illegal use of a Social Security number, announced U. S. Attorney Dana Boente.

According to court documents, 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 has admitted to 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.

GONZALEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $500,000 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

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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