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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 16, 2016

Honduran citizen pleads guilty to lying on passport application

LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a man from Honduras pleaded guilty last week to submitting false information when applying for a passport.

Henry Arevalo, 28, of Honduras, entered a conditional guilty plea Friday for one count of false statement on a passport application before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carol B. Whitehurst. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter. According to the guilty plea, Arevalo used another person’s name, birthdate and social security number on a passport application on April 17, 2015 at a U.S. Post Office in Calcasieu Parish. He attempted to obtain the passport for personal use.

Arevalo faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date was not set.

The U.S. State Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Dominic Rossetti is prosecuting the case.

Updated May 16, 2016