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Honduran National Charged with Making a False Statement to a Federal Agency

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that LEOPOLDO RODRIGUEZ-AGUILERA, age 24, of Honduras, was charged on Friday, November 30, 2018 by Bill of Information with making a false statement to the government.

According to documents filed in federal court, LEOPOLDO RODRIGUEZ-AGUILERA provided a false statement related to his identity to federal immigration officials after entering the country.

The maximum penalty for making a false statement is five years imprisonment, followed by up to 3 years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to any person, and a $100 special assessment.

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser praised the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Richard R. Pickens, II is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated December 3, 2018