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

Friday, January 12, 2018

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

United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that LAZARO VILLATORO-BODDEN (“VILLATORO-BODDEN”), age 36, pleaded guilty on January 10, 2018, to a one-count Bill of Information for illegal use of a social security number in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B). 


According to court records, VILLATORO-BODDEN knowingly and with the intent to deceive, falsely represented that a social security number was assigned to him by the Commissioner of Social Security when, in fact, as VILLATORO-BODDEN knew, the social security number had not been assigned to him. His deception and illegal use of the social security number was done for the purpose of obtaining boat registration documents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. At sentencing, which is currently set for April 11, 2018, VILLATORO-BODDEN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment. 


U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security in investigating this matter.  Assistant U. S. Attorney Michael M. Simpson is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated January 12, 2018