ILLEGAL ALIEN, MIGUEL MENDOZA-VEGA, PLEADS GUILTY TO MISUSE OF A PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD AND ILLEGAL USE OF A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
MIGUEL MENDOZA-VEGA, age 40, of a citizen of Mexico, pled guilty in federal court yesterday before U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to Fraud and Misuse of a Permanent Resident Card and Illegal Use of a Social Security Number, announced U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.
According to the factual basis, on or about December 7, 2012, MENDOZA-VEGA used a counterfeit Permanent Resident Card and falsely represented that another person’s Social Security number had been assigned to him. MENDOZA-VEGA is illegally present in the United States.
MENDOZA-VEGA faces maximum term of imprisonment of ten years for the Fraud and Misuse of a Permanent Resident Card conviction and five years for the Illegal Use of a Social Security Number conviction. Each conviction also carries up to three years supervised release following imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for October 16, 2013.
This case was investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Chandra Menon.
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