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Mexican National Sentenced for Illegally Using Social Security Number to Obtain Employment

October 04, 2019

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana:

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that GREGORIO GALAVIZ-ZAMORA, age 60, a native of Mexico, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to illegally using a Social Security number in order to obtain employment, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

United States District Court Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced GALAVIZ-ZAMORA to time served and was required to pay a $100 special assessment fee. The defendant will be surrendered to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.

According to court documents, prior to August 14, 2019, GALAVIZ-ZAMORA submitted a fraudulent Form I-9 application in order to obtain employment with a construction company. He attested on the form that he was someone else. He used a fraudulent Social Security card in the name of the other person which also contained that person’s actual Social Security number as verification. In order to finalize employment with that company, he was required to take a safety course at another location on August 14, 2019. He once again provided the fraudulent Social Security card and number as proof of his identity, but an employee suspected the card was fraudulent and alerted Customs and Border Protection. Subsequent record checks confirmed his real identity.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of United States Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, Homeland Security Investigations, and Social Security Administration agents in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that GREGORIO GALAVIZ-ZAMORA, age 60, a native of Mexico, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to illegally using a Social Security number in order to obtain employment, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

United States District Court Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced GALAVIZ-ZAMORA to time served and was required to pay a $100 special assessment fee. The defendant will be surrendered to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.

According to court documents, prior to August 14, 2019, GALAVIZ-ZAMORA submitted a fraudulent Form I-9 application in order to obtain employment with a construction company. He attested on the form that he was someone else. He used a fraudulent Social Security card in the name of the other person which also contained that person’s actual Social Security number as verification. In order to finalize employment with that company, he was required to take a safety course at another location on August 14, 2019. He once again provided the fraudulent Social Security card and number as proof of his identity, but an employee suspected the card was fraudulent and alerted Customs and Border Protection. Subsequent record checks confirmed his real identity.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of United States Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations, Homeland Security Investigations, and Social Security Administration agents in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.

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