ALIEN INDICTED FOR ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY AND ILLEGAL USE OF A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
VICTOR MANUEL MARTINEZ-ROMERO, age 29, a citizen of Honduras, was charged today in a two-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for illegal re-entry by an alien previously removed and illegal use of a Social Security number, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the indictment, on or about May 19, 2011, MARTINEZ, an alien who had previously been removed from the United States, was found in the United States, in Jefferson Parish within the Eastern District of Louisiana, without having obtained consent from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States. The indictment also alleges that on the same date, MARTINEZ falsely represented that a Social Security number had been assigned to him by the Commissioner of Social Security.
If convicted for illegal re-entry, MARTINEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two (2) years, a fine of $250,000 and one (1) year of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. If convicted for illegal use of a Social Security number, MARTINEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, a fine of $250,000 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated as part of a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) national operation known as Operation Cross Check. ICE was assisted in this operation in the New Orleans area by the Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department, Harahan Police Department, and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections - Division of Probation and Patrol.
The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Weir.
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