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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Woman Sentenced for Unlawful Transfer of Identification Documents

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that SILVIA MARIA GARCIA-COYADO, age 34, last residing in Houma, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a three-count Indictment for unlawful transfer of identification documents.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced GARCIA-COYADO to 7 months imprisonment, followed by 1 year supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Following GARCIA-COYADO’s release from prison, she will be surrendered to the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.

According to the court documents, on or about January 20, 2016, GARCIA-COYADO provided a confidential informant with a Texas identification card and a Social Security card in exchange for $120.   The documents provided had the name, photograph, and date of birth specified by the informant. The Social Security number on the card was associated with an actual person who was not the person identified on the card.  On May 25, 2016, and June 2, 2016, GARCIA-COYADO provided an undercover agent with Texas identification cards and Social Security cards in exchange for money.  The documents had the name, photograph, and date of birth specified by the agent.  The Social Security numbers on the cards were associated with actual people who were not those identified on the cards.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the Department of Homeland Security and the Louisiana State Police in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Emily K. Greenfield was in charge of the prosecution.


Updated October 20, 2016