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Indonesian Man Sentenced for Illegally Using Social Security Number to Obtain Employment

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA –The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana announced today that RUDY GUNAWAN, age 41, a citizen of Indonesia, was sentenced on July 20, 2021 to time served by the Honorable Wendy B. Vitter on one count of possession of fraudulent immigration documents. Additionally, the Court ordered GUNAWAN to pay a $100 special assessment cost.

According to court documents, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers received information that GUNAWAN was in the United States illegally and using a Social Security card bearing the name and number of another person. On September 28, 2020, CBP officers encountered GUNAWAN at his place of employment, Samurai Sushi (Slidell, Louisiana). An officer asked for identification and GUNAWAN produced a U.S. Social Security card and claimed to be a U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico. GUNAWAN later admitted that he knew that the U.S. Social Security card was falsely made and that he had obtained the card from an individual in Memphis, Tennessee for $700. He also admitted that the name and number on the card were not lawfully issued to him and that he purchased the fraudulent documents in order to be able to stay within the United States and work.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of United States Customs and Border Protection and the Social Security Administration in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.


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Updated July 23, 2021

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