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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Salvadoran National Sentenced for Illegal Reentry

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that FRANCISCO MEDARDO-SANTOS, age 32, a native of El Salvador, was sentenced today to time served by U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan for illegal use of a Social Security number, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

In October 2015, MEDARDO-SANTOS applied for employment with a business in Jefferson Parish.  MEDARDO-SANTOS was a citizen of El Salvador and was not a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States.  MEDARDO-SANTOS completed an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 with the business.  Knowingly, willfully, with intent to deceive, and with the intent to obtain employment, MEDARDO-SANTOS falsely represented on the Form I-9 that he was another individual, that he was a lawful permanent resident, and that the other individual’s Social Security Number was assigned to MEDARDO-SANTOS by the Commissioner of Social Security.  MEDARDO-SANTOS also presented the business with the other individual’s Social Security card and a false permanent resident card that bore the other individual’s name and MEDARDO-SANTOS’s photograph.

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 was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated July 18, 2018