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Mexican Man Pleads Guilty To 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, LOUISIANA – FRANCISCO JAVIER NUNEZ-ALEMAN, age 32, a citizen of Mexico pled guilty to a two-count indictment Wednesday, April 3, 2019 for illegal use of a Social Security Number in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B) and using a false social security number in attempting to secure a U.S. Passport, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1542.  He is set for sentencing on July 10, 2019.

NUNEZ-ALEMAN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00 on the false passport application and five (5) years imprisonment on the illegal use of a social security number.  Additionally, NUNEZ-ALEMAN is subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to three years on both counts.

Papers filed in open court revealed that NUNEZ-ALEMAN applied for a U.S. Passport at the Bourg, La Post Office and affixed his actual signature thereto.  However, the State Department determined that the Social Security number he used in the application belonged to another individual.  He had also purchased a Puerto Rican birth certificate for fraudulent use.  Additionally, NUNEZ-ALEMAN used the fraudulently obtained social security number in applying for a job at a Houma, La employer.

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 April 9, 2019

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