Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Selling Fake Identification, Illegal Reentry to the U.S.
SHREVEPORT, La. –United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Mexican national pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a scheme to sell counterfeit identification and also to illegally reentering the United States. A second Mexican national pleaded guilty to hiring an illegal alien.
Nazario Flores-Cordero, 44, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents; one count of false representation of a Social Security account number; and one count of illegal re-entry to the United States following deportation. Jesus Francisco Herrera-Gonzalez, 36, also of Mexico, pleaded guilty to one count of encouraging or inducing Nazario Flores-Cordero, an illegal alien, to reside in the United States by employing him. They pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks.
According to the evidence presented at the guilty pleas, Flores-Cordero sold counterfeited or altered fake permanent resident cards and Social Security cards from October 2011 to May of 2014 in the Shreveport/Bossier City area that were to be used to falsely show that illegal aliens were lawfully in the United States and could be employed. Each counterfeit permanent resident card showed the name of the individual and photograph of the individual to be employed. Each counterfeit Social Security card falsely used and represented a Social Security account number not assigned to the individual named on the card. Flores-Cordero was also found to be illegally in the United States after he was last removed from the United States to Mexico in 2013.
Flores-Cordero faces five years in prison for fraud and for false Social Security number representation, plus two years in prison for illegal re-entry. Herrera-Gonzalez faces five years in prison. Both face one to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for each count. The court can also order them deported. A sentencing date of March 23, 2015 was set.
United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr. is prosecuting the case.