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Man Pleads Guilty and Sentenced for Lying on Passport Application

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser announced June 9, 2020 that VICTOR RAMIREZ, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty to and was sentenced on an indictment for false statements in a passport application in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1542.

According to the indictment, VICTOR RAMIREZ (“RAMIREZ”) made an application for a U.S. passport using information belonging to another individual.  It is a crime to lie on a passport application. 

RAMIREZ faced a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment on the false statement charge. U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey sentenced Ramirez to credit for time served.  He has been incarcerated since March 2020.  He will be turned over to Federal immigration authorities for deportation.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the United States Diplomatic Security Service of the State Department in investigating this matter.  Assistant U. S. Attorney Carter K. D. Guice, Jr. is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated June 10, 2020

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