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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Salvadoran National Pleads Guilty to Illegal Use of a Social Security Number

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that FRANCISCO MEDARDO-SANTOS, age 32, a native of El Salvador, pleaded guilty yesterday to illegal use of a Social Security number.  MEDARDO-SANTOS, who is not a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States, applied for employment with a local business using a false permanent resident card and another person’s Social Security card.  On a federal employment eligibility verification form, MEDARDO-SANTOS falsely claimed to be this other person, falsely claimed to be a lawful permanent resident, and falsely claimed that the person’s Social Security number was his own.  MEDARDO-SANTOS faces up to five years imprisonment at his sentencing, which is set for July 18, 2018, before Chief Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Enforcement and Removal Operations in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Chandra Menon is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated April 27, 2018