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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Document Fraud Leads to Federal Prison for Guatemalan Brothers

Illegal Aliens Illegally Used Green Cards and Social Security Numbers to Get Work

Two Guatemalan brothers who share the same name and who each unlawfully used a fraudulent identification document were sentenced today to more than two months apiece in federal prison.

Jacinto Raymundo-Rivera, age 22, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 23, 2018 guilty plea to one count of unlawful use of an identification document.  At the guilty plea, Raymundo-Rivera, an illegal alien, admitted that on October 8, 2014, he used a fraudulent Green Card when completing employment forms to get a job in Cedar Rapids.  The social security account number and the Green Card number used by Raymundo-Rivera belonged to other people. 

Jacinto Raymundo-Rivera, age 28, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 24, 2018 guilty plea to one count of unlawful use of an identification document.  At the guilty plea, Raymundo-Rivera, an illegal alien, admitted that on September 21, 2015, he used a fraudulent Green Card when completing employment forms to get a job in Cedar Rapids.  The social security account number and the Green Card number used by Raymundo-Rivera belonged to other people. 

Both brothers were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Each brother was sentenced to 77 days imprisonment.  Each brother must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.       

Both brothers are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be turned over to immigration officials.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file numbers are 18-CR-35-LTS and 18-CR-36-LTS.

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Updated July 11, 2018