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Dubuque Contractor Sentenced For Making False Statements To Immigration And Customs Enforcement Agent

July 20, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A Dubuque man who lied to a Homeland Security Investigations agent was sentenced July 18, 2012, to two months in federal prison.

Richard Anthony Weber, age 30, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 5, 2012, guilty plea to one count of making a false material statement to an agent of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

At the guilty plea, Weber admitted 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. The alien has not yet been apprehended.

Weber was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Weber was sentenced to 2 months’ imprisonment, fined $5,000 and a special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Weber was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on a date yet to be set.

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

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR 12-1004.



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