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Mexican Man Convicted of Using Fraudulent Identification Documents and Fictitious Social Security Number

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

A Mexican man who used fraudulent identification documents and a fictitious Social Security number to obtain employment in the United States was convicted by a jury on August 26, 2015, after a one-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Jose Miguel Machorro-Xochicale, age 28, a Mexican living in Lime Springs, Iowa, was convicted of one count of unlawful use of identification documents and one count of misuse of a Social Security account number.  The verdict was returned on August 26, 2015, following about four hours of jury deliberations.

The evidence at trial showed that Machorro-Xochicale, a Mexican citizen not lawfully admitted into the United States, used a fraudulent permanent resident card and a fraudulent Social Security card when applying to work in the United States on October 31, 2014.  The fraudulent permanent resident card had Machorro-Xochicale’s picture with an identification number assigned to a female from Iran.  Machorro-Xochicale represented that the Social Security number belonged to him but in fact it was an invalid number.

Sentencing before Senior United States Circuit Judge Michael J. Melloy will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Machorro-Xochicale remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  He faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 15-CR-2020.

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Updated August 27, 2015

Identity Theft