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Illegal Alien Sentenced to Prison for Document Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Used the Social Security Number of a United States Citizen

A Guatemalan man who used false identification documents to obtain a job was sentenced today to six months in federal prison.

Jose Corio-Raymundo, age 40, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States, received the prison term after a June 5, 2018, jury verdict finding him guilty of one count of unlawful use of an identification document and one count of misuse of a social security number.

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.

Corio-Raymundo was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Corio-Raymundo was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Corio-Raymundo 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 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

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

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Updated August 8, 2018