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

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

JOSE ALBERTO SANTOS-MONTALVAN, age 42, a citizen of Honduras pleaded guilty 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).

According to court documents, SANTOS-MONTALVAN used a social security number that was not assigned to him by the Social Security Administration to register for a safety training course that he was required to complete before he could begin working for a local construction company on various job sites in the local area.  At sentencing, which is set for June 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. before U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon, SANTOS-MONTALVAN 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, SANTOS-MONTALVAN is subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to three years.

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 March 2, 2018