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Guatemalan Man Charged with Misuse of a Social Security Number

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CESAR LOPEZ-MATA (LOPEZ-MATA), age 27, a citizen of Guatemala, was charged on December 20, 2021 in federal court in a one-count Bill of Information with misuse of a Social Security Number. 

LOPEZ-MATA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.  Additionally, LOPEZ-MATA is subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to three (3) years.

According to the Bill of Information, on or about December 1, 2021, LOPEZ-MATA, for employment and for other purposes, knowingly and with intent to deceive, did falsely represent that a Social Security Number not issued to him, was assigned to him, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Julia K. Evans is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated December 21, 2021

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