White Bear Lake Man Indicted For Using The Identity Of Another Person
MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 27-year-old Mexican national living in White Bear Lake was indicted for using someone else’s name, date of birth, and Social Security number for the past several years. Jesus Emmanuel Castro was charged with one count of false claim of citizenship and one count of aggravated identity theft.
The indictment alleges that on July 19, 2012, Castro, also known as Jesus Immanuel Castro-Hernandez, provided the identification information of someone else on an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form and attested that he was a citizen of the United States. It also alleges that on July 19, 2012, Castro used the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of another person without lawful authority in relation to the crime of false claim of citizenship.
According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, in April 2013, authorities were investigating an identity theft case involving Castro. On July 19, 2012, Castro applied for employment at an Eagan-based business and completed the employment forms using the victim’s identity.
If convicted, Castro faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison on the false claim of citizenship count, and a mandatory minimum penalty of two years on the aggravated identity theft count. Any sentence will be determined by a federal district court judge.
This case is the result of an investigation by the South St. Paul Police Department, the Ramsey Police Department, and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Dunne.
An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.