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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

June 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Moorefield Residents Indicted on Fraud Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Two Moorefield, West Virginia, residents were named in an Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia, on June 7, 2011.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that SALVADOR TORRES-GONZALEZ, age 60, and MARIA EMILIA HERNANDEZ-HERNANDEZ, age 53, were named in a four-count Indictment.

Count One of the Indictment alleges that TORRES-GONZALEZ, an alien, during questioning of his admissibility to be in the United States on April 9, 2011, in Hardy County, used a counterfeit document of entry as proof of his authorized stay in the United States knowing such card to be counterfeit.

Count Two of the Indictment alleges that HERNANDEZ-HERNANDEZ, an alien, during questioning of her admissibility to be in the United States on April 9, 2011, in Hardy County, used a counterfeit document of entry as proof of her authorized stay in the United States knowing such card to be counterfeit.

Count Three of the Indictment alleges that TORRES-GONZALEZ knowingly possessed a Social Security card on April 9, 2011, in Hardy County bearing the name of SALVADOR TORRES GONZALEZ which was produced without lawful authority.

Count Four of the Indictment alleges that HERNANDEZ knowingly possessed a Social Security card on April 9, 2011, in Hardy County bearing the name of MARIA EMILIA HERNANDEZ which was produced without lawful authority.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 each on Counts One and Two of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment and a fine of $100,000 each on Counts Three and Four of the Indictment.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber. The case was investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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