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June 29, 2011

RAFAEL NAVA-PALACIOS, age 43, a resident of Mexico, was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt to thirty (30) months imprisonment, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Engelhardt ordered that NAVA be placed on two (2) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release. Judge Engelhardt also ordered that NAVA pay a $5,000 fine to the United States.

According to court documents, on March 23, 2011, NAVA pled guilty to two counts of an indictment admitting he falsely represented that a Social Security number had been assigned to him by the Commissioner of Social Security. He also admitted that he was an alien who was previously deported and was knowingly and unlawfully found in the United States in Orleans Parish, Louisiana without the Attorney General or Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, having expressly consented to his re-application for admission into the United States.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Robert Weir.





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