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El Salvadoran National Sentenced 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 sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Indictment for false claim to United States Citizenship.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced MENDEZ-GUSMAN to six months imprisonment and a $100 special assessment.  Following his term of imprisonment, MENDEZ-GUSMAN will be surrendered to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.

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

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Enforcement in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Irene González was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated March 17, 2016