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

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Honduran National Sentenced for 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 residing in Hammond, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Indictment for illegal use of a Social Security Number.

U.S. District Judge Marry Lemmon sentenced GONZALES to time served followed by one year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  GONZALES will be surrendered to the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.

According to court documents, on or about August 20, 2014, GONZALES submitted a social security number 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 GONZALES a Louisiana Identification Card.

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 was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated May 8, 2015