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Portland Woman Pleads Guilty to Using a False Identification Document and Social Security Number

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

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Elba Cruz, 46, of Portland, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to using of a false identification document and Social Security number.

According to court records, Cruz provided a counterfeit lawful permanent resident card and Social Security card in support of an employment application to the Hilton Garden Inn, in Portland.  Investigation revealed that the Social Security number and alien registration number were not assigned to her.

Cruz faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine on both charges. She will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General.


Jeanne D. Semivan
Special Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated May 30, 2019