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Woman Sentenced to Time Served For Illegally Re-Entering the United States from Mexico

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

A woman who used false identification documents to obtain employment was sentenced on November 9, 2015, to time served.

Ostolia Collazo-Pena, age 43, from Mexico, received the prison term after a September 1, 2015, guilty plea to one count of fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents.

In a plea agreement, Collazo-Pena admitted she presented a fraudulent Green Card and Social Security Card to apply for a job in Sioux City, Iowa, on June 11, 2014.  Collazo-Pena came to the attention of authorities when the victim whose social security number Collazo-Pena had been using alerted the Social Security Administration that her disability social security payments for her two disabled children had been disrupted.

Collazo-Pena was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  Collazo-Pena was sentenced to time served.  She must serve a 1-year term of supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration and Homeland Security Investigations.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 15-CR-4002.

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Updated February 4, 2016

Topic
Immigration