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Press Release

El Salvadoran National Charged for False Claim to U.S. Citizenship

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that MIGUEL MENDEZ-GUSMAN, age 36, a citizen of El Salvador, was charged today in a one-count Indictment for false claim to United States citizenship.

According to the Indictment, MENDEZ-GUSMAN falsely and willfully represented himself to be a citizen of the United States on or about July 28, 2015. 

If convicted, MENDEZ-GUSMAN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, a fine of up to $250,000, one year supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.

U. S. Attorney Polite reiterated that an Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Irene González is in charge of the prosecution.



Updated February 4, 2016