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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ALLAN ARZU MATAMOROS-BANEGAS (“MATAMOROS-BANEGAS”), age 31, pleaded guilty today to a one-count Bill of Information charging him with  illegal use of a social security number in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B). 

According to court records, MATAMOROS-BANEGAS 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 MATAMOROS-BANEGAS 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 employment located in the Eastern District of Louisiana. At sentencing, which is currently set for May 17, 2018, MATAMOROS-BANEGAS 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 February 14, 2018