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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ESMIN ESPINOZA-ERAZO, age 25, a citizen of Honduras who resides in Hammond, pled guilty today to a one-count Indictment for illegal use of a Social Security Number (“SSN”).

According to the Indictment, on or about July 16, 2013, ESPINOZA-ERAZO submitted a SSN which 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 ESPINOZA-ERAZO a Louisiana identification card.

ESPINOZA-ERAZO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five years, a fine of $250,000, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00. Additionally,  ESPINOZA-ERAZO is also subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to three years. U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt set sentencing for July 8, 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 April 1, 2015