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Friday, February 9, 2018

Guatemalan Man Sentenced for Misuse of an Identification Document

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Francisco Nicolas Lucas-Miranda, age 23, of Guatemala, was sentenced today to a term of imprisonment of time served (145 days) for misuse of an identification document, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Edward Payan, Acting Chief Patrol Agent, Buffalo Sector-U.S. Border Patrol.

Lucas-Miranda, a citizen of Guatemala, was found in Cazenovia on August 8, 2017, after he was stopped for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.  Investigation by United States Border Patrol Agents established that he was in possession of a Guatemalan passport bearing his name and he admitted that he entered the United States illegally.  Lucas-Miranda further admitted that he had previously been working at a farm in Fabius, New York, and had used a fraudulent permanent alien resident card and fraudulent social security card to procure that employment. 

Following the sentencing, Lucas-Miranda was remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, which will place him into removal proceedings.

The case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol and the Village of Cazenovia Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Levine.

Updated February 10, 2018