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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Guatemalan National Pleads Guilty to Making False Statement on Passport Application and to Illegal Reentry

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that RINA PAOLA CONDE GARCIA, age 37, a citizen of Guatemala, pleaded guilty today to a two-count indictment for making false statements on a passport application, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1542, and for illegal reentry of a removed alien, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a).

According to the indictment, on or about April 6, 2017, CONDE GARCIA applied for a passport and falsely stated that she was born in Puerto Rico, when in fact she was not.  Further, on or about July 24, 2017, CONDE GARCIA was found in the United States after having been officially deported and removed on or about January 4, 2006.

CONDE GARCIA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.  U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan will sentence CONDE GARCIA on October 3, 2018.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated August 22, 2018