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Nicaraguan Man Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Illegally Using Social Security Number to Obtain Employment

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that LUIS ANTONIO CRUZ-SANCHEZ a/k/a “Lebardo Rojas”, age 36, a native of Nicaragua, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on June 7, 2022 for illegally using a social security number to enroll in a safety class to qualify for employment, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

United States District Court Judge Jay C. Zainey sentenced CRUZ-SANCHEZ to a probationary term of three (3) months and a $100 special assessment fee.

According to court documents, on or about March 30, 2022, CRUZ-SANCHEZ presented a false Social Security card when attending a pre-employment safety class at the Gulf Coast Safety Council in St. Rose, Louisiana. CRUZ-SANCHEZ falsely represented that a social security number was assigned to him when in fact; the social security number had been assigned by the Commissioner of Social Security to another individual.        

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


Updated July 8, 2022

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