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

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Illegal alien indicted for misuse of a social security number

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A citizen of Mexico was indicted today by a federal grand jury on a fraud charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Irineo Aroldo Matias-Gomez, age 30, is charged with one count of “Misuse of a Social Security Number.” Matias-Gomez is accused of using a social security number that isn’t his to open a bank account in Berkeley County in October 2017.

Matias-Gomez faces up to five years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 5, 2018