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Man Sentenced to Time Served for Re-Entering the United States from Guatemala and Use of a False Social Security Number

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

A man who illegally re-entered the country and then used a false social security number to obtain employment was sentenced on August 20, 2015, to time served.

Elmer Gomez-Ordonez, age 36, from Guatemala, received the prison term after a June 25, 2015, guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry of a removed alien and one count of use of a false social security number.

At the guilty plea, Gomez-Ordonez admitted he illegally re-entered the United States after being deported on March 9, 2012, and that he had used a false social security number to obtain employment in Wright County.  In April of 2015, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents learned that Gomez-Ordonez had been arrested and charged with OWI in Wright County, Iowa, on March 20, 2015.  Immigration records reflected Gomez-Ordonez was a citizen of Guatemala and had previously been removed from the country in 2012.  Agents discovered Gomez-Ordonez was employed in Eagle Grove, Iowa, under a different name.  Records obtained at his place of employment reflected he had used a false social security number to obtain employment.    

Gomez-Ordonez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Gomez-Ordonez was sentenced to time served. He must serve a 1-year term of supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 15-CR-3023.

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Updated February 4, 2016