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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 EFRAIN VARELA-TOLENTINO, age 31, a citizen of Mexico, was charged in 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).

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


Acting U.S. Attorney Evans stated that a Bill of Information is only an allegation and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

 Acting 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 20, 2017