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

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison Following Deportation and Document Fraud

Used the Social Security Number of a United States Citizen

A Mexican man who had been deported, illegally returned to the United States, and then used false identification documents to obtain a job was sentenced July 23, 2018, to 27 months in federal prison.

Pablo Rosales-Aquino, age 37, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and residing in Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an  April 19, 2018, guilty plea to one count of unlawful use of identification documents and one count of illegal reentry into the United States.

At the guilty plea, Rosales-Aquino admitted he had previously been deported from the United States on April 15, 2009, and that he illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.  Rosales-Aquino was also given voluntary returns to Mexico seven times between March 1998 and January 2000.  Rosales-Aquino also admitted that on December 5, 2017, he used a fraudulent social security card and a fraudulent Green card when completing employment forms to obtain a job in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  The social security account number on the card used by Rosales-Aquino belonged to a United States citizen.  The account number on the Green card belonged to another person. 

Rosales-Aquino has prior convictions for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Allamakee County in 2004, in Clayton County in 2005, and in Black Hawk County in 2007.  On February 1, 2018, Rosales-Aquino was arrested in Black Hawk County for driving without a license.  On March 2, 2018, immigration agents arrested Rosales-Aquino at his place of employment in Cedar Falls.

Rosales-Aquino was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Rosales-Aquino was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Rosales-Aquino 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. 

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The case file number is 18-CR-2010-LRR.

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Updated July 24, 2018