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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mexican citizen pleads guilty to lying on passport application

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

Juan Carlos Guzman, 36 of Mexico, entered a conditional guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna, for one count of making a false statement on a passport application. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi. According to the guilty plea, Guzman used another individual’s name, birthdate and social security number and submitted the documents to the Iberia Parish Clerk of Court in New Iberia, La., on March 31, 2015 to process the passport application. Guzman was in the country illegally.

Guzman 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 July 27, 2016