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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Undocumented Aliens From Honduras Charged With Illegal Use Of Social Security Numbers

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that RONY RIVERA-GONZALES, age 23, FRANCISCO MUNOZ, age 26, and ESMIN ESPINOZA-ERAZO, age 24, all three from Honduras and most recently residing in Hammond, Louisiana, were separately charged today in one-count indictments with illegal use of a Social Security Number, in violation of 42 U.S.C. '408(a)(7)(B).

According to the indictments, RIVERA-GONZALES, MUNOZ, and ESPINOZA-ERAZO used Social Security Numbers that had not been assigned to them to obtain Louisiana Identification Cards. 

If convicted, RIVERA-GONZALES, MUNOZ, and ESPINOZA-ERAZO each face a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

U. S. Attorney Polite reiterated that an Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations, and the Louisiana State Police in investigating this matter. Assistant U. S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.

(Download Indictment - Espinoza-Erazo )

(Download Indictment - Munoz )

(Download Indictment - Rivera-Gonzalez )

Updated November 18, 2014