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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Previously Deported Mexican National Sentenced For Passport Fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Leonardo Cesar Pulido-Escamilla, 39, a Mexican national who has resided in Yuba City, Citrus Heights, Lincoln, and other cities in California, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller to approximately four months in prison for 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 was previously 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 was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service.  Assistant United States Attorney Nirav Desai is prosecuted the case.

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Docket #: 2:16-cr-00071-KJM
Updated July 20, 2016