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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Honduran National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Rentry and Conspiracy to Sell Identification Documents

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JORGE MALDONADO-RIOS, age 29, a citizen of Honduras, pled guilty today to illegal reentry of a removed alien and conspiracy to transfer identification documents.

According to court documents, MALDONADO-RIOS illegally reentered the United States after he was deported on August 16, 2012.  Additionally, the court documents also indicated that MALDONADO conspired with two other individuals to sell a social security card and birth certificate to a confidential informant working with special agents of the Department of Homeland Security.

At sentencing, MALDONADO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of one year, and a mandatory $100 special assessment on the reentry charge.  MALDONADO faces a maximum term of fifteen years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment on the conspiracy charge.  U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance has scheduled sentencing for June 1, 2016.

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

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Updated April 20, 2016