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

Monday, February 5, 2018

Honduran Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Use of a Social Security Number

NAHUM VERDE-ORTIZ, age 39, a citizen of Honduras pleaded guilty on February 1, 2018 to a one-count indictment for illegal use of a Social Security number, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

VERDE-ORTIZ 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, VERDE-ORTIZ is subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to three years. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 29, 2018.

According to the indictment, on October 20, 2017, VERDE-ORTIZ 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 construction worker.

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 6, 2018