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Guatemalan Man Who Worked Using Someone Else’s Name and Social Security Number Sentenced to Prison

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

A man who used a false identification document and someone else’s name and social security number was sentenced today to three months in federal prison.

Esgar Ramos-Lopez, age 27, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Tama, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 5, 2020, guilty plea to one count of unlawful use of an identification document and one count of misuse of a social security number.

At the guilty plea, Ramos-Lopez admitted he used a fraudulent Social Security card when he completed employment and tax forms using someone else’s name and Social Security Number in January 2019 at a business in Tama, Iowa.  When arrested at his place of employment in January 2020, Ramos-Lopez initially used the alias name with immigration agents and falsely claimed to be a United States citizen.

Ramos-Lopez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Ramos-Lopez was sentenced to 90 days’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Ramos-Lopez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until {he can be turned over to immigration officials.

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

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-CR-08.

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Updated April 22, 2020