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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Mexican Man Sentenced for Illegal Use of a Social Security Number

EFRAIN VARELA-TOLENTINO, age 31, a citizen of Mexico was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to illegal use of a Social Security Number in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo sentenced VARELA time served to be followed by one year of supervised release.  VARELA will be surrendered to the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.


According to court documents, VARELA illegally used a Social Security number that was not assigned to him by the Social Security Administration to register for a safety training class that he was required to complete before he could begin working for his employer at various industrial sites as a pipe insulator.


U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.


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