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Mexican Man Charged With Illegal Use of a Social Security Number and Submitting False Information in an Attempt to Secure a U.S. Passport

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

NEW ORLEANS – FRANCISCO JAVIER NUNEZ-ALEMAN, age 32, a citizen of Mexico was charged in a two-count indictment for illegal use of a Social Security number in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).  He was further charged with using a false social security number in attempting to secure a U.S. Passport, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1542.

NUNEZ-ALEMAN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five (5) years, a fine of $250,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00 on both counts.  Additionally, NUNEZ-ALEMAN is subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to three years.

The indictment further alleged that NUNEZ-ALEMAN applied for a U.S. Passport at the Bourg, La. Post Office.  The State Department determined that the Social Security number he used belonged to another individual.  NUNEZ-ALEMAN further used the fraudulently obtained social security number in applying for a job at a Houma, La employer.

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser pointed out that an indictment is merely allegation. Each element of the offense must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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


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Updated November 16, 2018

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