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Guatemalan Man Charged with Transfer of False Identification Document

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

NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that MARIO ARGUETA-CHUN, age 40, a native of Guatemala, was charged Friday, November 16, 2018 in a one-count bill of information with unlawfully transferring a false identification document, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028(a)(2).

According to court documents, on July 6, 2018, ARGUETA-CHUN knowingly transferred a fraudulent Social Security card that appeared to have been issued by the United States.

If convicted, ARGUETA-CHUN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee.

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

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.


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Updated November 19, 2018

Identity Theft