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Previously Deported Foreign National Pleads Guilty to Passport Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Leonardo Cesar Pulido-Escamilla, 39, a Mexican national who previously resided in Yuba City and other California cities, pleaded guilty today to making a false statement in an application for a United States Passport, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, Pulido-Escamilla fraudulently applied for a U.S. Passport in 2012, using another person’s name and birth certificate in connection with the application. Pulido-Escamilla had been deported from the United States in 1997 and 2004, and on March 20, 2016, he was apprehended by border patrol agents in Arizona.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nirav Desai is prosecuting the case.

Pulido-Escamilla is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on July 20, 2016. Pulido-Escamilla faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Updated May 4, 2016

Press Release Number: 2:16-cr-071-KJM