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Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Use of a Social Security Number

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

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that RUFINO MEJIA-ACOSTA, a/k/a Miguel A. Pacheco-Gonzalez (MEJIA-ACOSTA), age 38, a citizen of Mexico, residing in Chalmette, Louisiana, pled guilty today to a one-count Bill of Information for illegal use of a Social Security Number, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

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 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Eligibility Verification Form that a Social Security Number not issued to him, was assigned to him.

MEJIA-ACOSTA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, one year supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment.  U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon set sentencing for April 26, 2018.

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 March 16, 2018

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