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

Friday, February 2, 2018

Guatemalan Pleads Guilty to Illegal Use of a Social Security Number

YONI LOPEZ-ROJAS, age 25, a citizen Guatemala, pleaded guilty today to a one-count bill of information for illegal use of a Social Security Number in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

YONI LOPEZ-ROJAS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five (5) years, a fine of $250,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.  Additionally, Mr. LOPEZ –ROJAS is subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to three years.  Sentencing has been scheduled for March 7, 2018.

According to the indictment, on September 6, 2017, YONI LOPEZ-ROJAS used a social security number that did not belong to him to register for a safety training course that his employer required him to take before he could begin working for the company as a pipe insulator. 

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security in investigating this matter.  Assistant U. S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 2, 2018