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February 05, 2012

DANIEL DE LA CRUZ-TIJERINA, age 40,a citizen of Mexico, was charged today in a one-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for misuse of a social security number, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to court documents, on or about June 29, 2011, TIJERINA falsely represented on an application for a Louisiana Identification Card that a social security number was assigned to him, when in fact the social security number had not been assigned to him.

If convicted, TIJERINA faces on a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years imprisonment, 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 defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Joe La Rocca.

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