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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jorge Gutierrez-sanchez Sentenced For Illegal Use Of Social Security Numbers

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JORGE GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ, a/k/a Frank Farias, a/k/a Eusebio Ramirez, Jr., a/k/a Erick S. Couvertier-Rivera, age 29, a Mexican citizen, was sentenced today for falsely representing two different social security numbers in order to obtain training for employment.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ to six months imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release.

According to court documents, on May 6, 2014, GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ was hired by Insulations Inc., a company located in Harahan, Louisiana, using the name Erick Steven Couvertier-Rivera, with the Social Security number XXX-XX-6526. GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ completed the I-9 form claiming U.S. citizenship, as well as W-4 form, using a driver’s license with his own photo in Couvertier-Rivera’s name and Social Security number.

On May 7, 2014, prior to Insulations Inc. sending GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ to work at Mississippi Power Company, he attended training at Gulf Coast Safety Council (“GCSC”),  located in St. Charles Parish in the Eastern District of Louisiana.  In order to get into GCSC’s training, GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ presented that same driver’s license and Social Security number in Couvertier-Rivera’s name.   

This was not the first time GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ had attended a GCSC training. On January 31, 2014, GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ went to employment training at GCSC and presented GCSC personnel with a driver’s license with his photo, but in the name Frank Farias and gave GCSC a Social Security card in Frank Farias’s name with the number XXX-XX-7281.  The same day GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ was posing as Frank Farias, another individual went to GCSC for employment training and presented himself as Eusebio Ramirez, Jr. with a Social Security card with the number XXX-XX-4930 in the name of Eusebio Ramirez, Jr. and a driver’s license in the name of Eusebio Ramirez, Jr., but with GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ’s picture on it.   GUTIERREZ-SANCHEZ had previously used the identity of Eusebio Ramirez, Jr., including the driver’s license and social security card presented to GCSC on January 31, 2014, to gain employment.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Emily K. Greenfield prosecuted the case.

Updated November 18, 2014