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Mexican National Charged with Illegal Use of a Social Security Number

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

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ERNESTO CONTRERAS-REYES, age 42, a citizen of Mexico was charged last Friday in a one-count Indictment for illegal use of a Social Security Number in violation of 42 United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B). 

CONTRERAS-REYES faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five (5) years, a fine of $250,000, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.  Additionally, CONTRERAS-REYES is subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to three years. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans reiterated that an Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

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.

Updated November 6, 2017