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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RONY RIVERA-GONZALES, age 23, a citizen of Honduras and who most recently resided in Hammond, pled guilty today to a one-count Indictment for illegal use of a Social Security Number.

According to the Indictment, on or about August 20, 2014, RIVERA-GONZALES submitted a social security number that did not belong to him to a Louisiana Department of Motor Vehicles Office in order to obtain a Louisiana identification card.  Based on that false submission, an employee with the Department of Motor Vehicles issued RIVERA-GONZALES a Louisiana identification card.

RIVERA-GONZALES faces a maximum term of five years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.  U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon set sentencing for May 14, 2015.

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

Updated February 5, 2015