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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 27, 2015

Illegal Alien Sentenced to Eighteen Months in Prison

A man who illegally returned to the United States and used false documents to obtain employment was sentenced today to 18 months in federal prison.

Anacleto Morales-Carrera, age 40, an illegal alien living in Hampton, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 3, 2015, guilty plea to one count of unlawful use of identification documents, one count of misuse of a social security number, and one count of illegal reentry into the United States by an aggravated felon.

The evidence showed that Morales-Carrera was deported from the United States in January 2001 after having been convicted in Iowa of forgery, a felony offense.  The forgery conviction involved the possession of a fraudulent social security card in his name.  In November 2005, he was again deported from the United States after having been found in Iowa.  In January 2006, Morales-Carrera was convicted in Texas of illegal entry into the United States in December 2005, and again deported on January 12, 2006.  After that date, he yet again illegally reentered the United States and in August 2012, Morales-Carrera used a fraudulent permanent resident card and a fraudulent social security card, both in his name, to gain employment in Iowa.  However, the account number on the permanent resident card was fictitious and social security account was assigned to someone else.

Morales-Carrera was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Morales-Carrera was sentenced to eighteen months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $300 was imposed.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Morales-Carrera is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 15-CR-0002.

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Updated April 28, 2015