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Mexican Man Who Used Another Person’s Name and Social Security Number Sentenced to Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Unlawfully worked under alias claiming to be a United States Citizen

A Mexican man who used a false identification document to obtain a job was sentenced today to more than three months in federal prison.

Jose Moctezuma-Hernandez, age 33, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the United States and living in Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 23, 2018, guilty plea to one count of unlawful use of an identification document.

At the guilty plea, Moctezuma-Hernandez admitted he used a fraudulent Social Security card when he completed an employment form at a business in Clarion, Iowa, on December 1, 2015.  Moctezuma-Hernandez, claiming to be a United States citizen, used the name, date of birth, and social security number of a United States citizen on the employment paperwork.  Moctezuma-Hernandez came to the attention of immigration authorities in July 2018 following his third conviction for driving while barred in Wright County, Iowa.  Moctezuma-Hernandez was previously removed to Mexico in June 2004 after illegally entering the United States.

Moctezuma-Hernandez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by Chief United States District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Moctezuma-Hernandez was sentenced to 94 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.

Moctezuma-Hernandez 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 Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-3030-LTS.

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Updated October 24, 2018