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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mexican Man Sentenced to Prison for Possession of Fraudulent Identification Documents

A Mexican man who unlawfully possessed fraudulent identification documents was sentenced today to more than two months in federal prison.

Aldair Rodriguez, age 23, a citizen of Mexico unlawfully present in the United States and residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, received the prison term after a January 3, 2018, guilty plea to unlawful possession of identification documents.

At the guilty plea, Rodriguez admitted he knowingly possessed fraudulent identification cards, specifically a social security card and a permanent resident card.  These types of cards are prescribed by law as evidence of authorized stay or employment in the United States.  The identification cards bore an alias name and the government-issued numbers on the cards belonged to other persons.  The cards were found on October 22, 2017, during a search incident to arrest by the Cedar Falls Police Department on a state criminal charge. 

Rodriguez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Rodriguez was sentenced to 73 days’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Rodriguez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be turned over to immigration officials.

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.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 17-CR-2087.

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Topic(s): 
Identity Theft
Immigration
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Updated February 26, 2018