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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 12, 2018

Man Charged with Illegal Use of a Social Security Number

RUFINO MEJIA-ACOSTA, a/k/a Miguel A. Pacheco-Gonzalez (MEJIA-ACOSTA), age 38, a citizen of Mexico and residing in Chalmette, Louisiana, was charged in federal court in a one-count Bill of Information for illegal use of a Social Security Number. 

MEJIA-ACOSTA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five years, a fine of $250,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.  Additionally, MEJIA-ACOSTA is subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to one year.

According to the Bill of Information, on or about July 3, 2017, MEJIA-ACOSTA, for the purpose of obtaining employment and for other purposes, knowingly and with intent to deceive, did falsely represent on a US Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Eligibility Verification Form that a Social Security Number not issued to him, was assigned to him; all in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Irene González is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 12, 2018