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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Guatemalan Man Convicted of Document Fraud

Used the Social Security Number of a United States Citizen

A Guatemalan man who used false identification documents to obtain a job was convicted by a jury on June 5, 2018, after a two-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Jose Corio-Raymundo, age 40, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States, was convicted of one count of unlawful use of an identification document and one count of misuse of a social security number.  The verdict was returned yesterday afternoon following about five hours of jury deliberations.

The evidence at trial showed that Corio-Raymundo used a fraudulent Social Security card bearing the social security number assigned to a United States citizen, and a fraudulent State of Iowa identification card when he completed an employment form on October 2, 2013, at a business in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Corio-Raymundo also used the social security number of the United States citizen on state and federal tax forms.  On the employment form, Corio-Raymundo falsely claimed to be a United States citizen.  The investigation began when the Iowa Department of Transportation noticed that Corio-Raymundo was trying to register vehicles under a second social security number.  Their investigation disclosed that Corio-Raymundo used the social security number to title vehicles, when he was arrested by police on traffic violations, and when he obtained employment at four businesses in Cedar Rapids.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Corio-Raymundo remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Corio-Raymundo faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, a $500 fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being 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 and the Iowa Department of Transportation, Bureau of Investigation and Identity Protection. 

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

The case file number is 18-CR-08-LRR.

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Updated June 6, 2018