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Dubuque Man Guilty oF Making False Statements To A Federal Law Enforcement Agent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A Dubuque man who lied to a Homeland Security Investigations agent, pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Richard Anthony Weber, age 30, from Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of one count of making a false material statement to an agent of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In a plea agreement, Weber admitted that he lied to an ICE agent who was searching for an illegal alien employed by Weber’s concrete business. In February 2010, Weber told an ICE agent the illegal alien had been laid off by Weber about two months’ earlier, and that Weber had not talked to the alien since that time. In truth, the alien was still employed by Weber the day Weber was interviewed, and Weber had spoken to the alien that day. The alien then fled the area and avoided apprehension by ICE.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Weber remains free on bond previously set pending sentencing. Weber faces a possible maximum sentence of up to 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100.00 in special assessments, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Murphy and was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is CR 12-1004LRR.

 

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