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Mexican National Charged For Illegal Use of a Social Security Number

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser announced today that HECTOR SILVA-TOLENTINO, age 29, 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).

According to the Bill of Information, SILVA-TOLENTINO (“SILVA”), presented a false identification document in order to obtain a Louisiana Driver’s License in Napoleonville, Louisiana.  SILVA-TOLENTINO used the driver’s license to obtain employment on offshore oilrigs.  If convicted, SILVA-TOLENTINO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of (5) five years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of (3) three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment. 

U. S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. 

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General and the United States Border Patrol in investigating this matter.  Assistant U. S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated January 10, 2020

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