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Mexican Man Who Possessed a Fraudulent Social Security Card Sentenced to Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Illegally Worked Using Someone Else’s Social Security Number

A Mexican man who possessed false identification documents was sentenced today to five months in federal prison.

Gandhi Rojas-Lopez, age 33, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and living in West Liberty, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to one count of unlawful possession of identification documents.

In a plea agreement, Rojas-Lopez admitted that in February 2016, he possessed and used a fraudulent social security card and a fraudulent permanent resident card, also known as a “green card,” when completing paperwork to obtain employment in Stanwood, Iowa.  The account numbers on the identification documents were assigned to other people.

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

Rojas-Lopez [was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the United States Marshal on September 9, 2020.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.       

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-76.

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Updated August 26, 2020