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Illegal Alien Sentenced To Two Years' Imprisonment For Illegally Reentering The United States And Using Fraudulent Identificaion Documents

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

Contact: Steve Young

An alien who illegally reentered the United States after being deported and used fraudulent document to obtain employment was sentenced today to two years in federal prison.

Jaime Rodriguez-Andres, also known as Alejandro Govea-Salvador, age 41, a Mexican citizen living in Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 10, 2014, guilty plea to one count of illegal reentry into the United States by an aggravated felon, one count of unlawful use of identification documents, and one count of making a false claim to United States citizenship.

At the guilty plea, Rodriguez-Andres admitted he re-entered the United States without permission after being removed from the country on October 6, 2005.  Rodriguez-Andres was convicted on April 6, 2009, in Black Hawk County, Iowa, on forgery and identity theft charges, aggravated felonies, and removed from the United States a second time on September 16, 2009.  Rodriguez-Andres also admitted that he used a Social Security card in someone else’s name in completing an employment verification form to obtain a job in Waterloo.  He also falsely claimed to be a United States citizen on that employment form when he applied for work.  Immigration officials became aware of Rodriguez-Andres illegal return to the United States in July 2014 after Rodriguez-Andres was arrested in Waterloo, Iowa, for assault domestic abuse causing bodily injury.

Rodriguez-Andres was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade to 24 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.

Rodriguez-Andres 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 Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations. 

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 14-CR-2034.

Updated February 19, 2015