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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Honduran National Charged With Misuse of a Social Security Number

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that JERONIMO MURILLO-TORRES, age 46, a citizen of Honduras, was charged on March 10, 2020 in a one-count bill of information with misuse of a social security number in violation of 42 U.S.C. ' 408(a)(7)(B).

According to the bill of information, MURILLO-TORRES attempted to obtain a Louisiana State Driver’s License using a valid social security number assigned to another person.

If convicted, MURILLO-TORRES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, one year supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.

U. S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Irene González is in charge of the prosecution.

 

 

Topic(s): 
Identity Theft
Updated March 12, 2020