Mexican National Charged with Misuse of a Social Security Number

Date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana:

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – LUIS FELIPE PALAFOX-ALVAREZ (PALAFOX-ALVAREZ), age 25, a citizen of Mexico, was charged on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in federal court in a one-count Bill of Information with misuse of a Social Security Number. 

PALAFOX-ALVAREZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five years, a fine of $250,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.  Additionally, PALAFOX-ALVAREZ is subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to one year.

According to the Bill of Information, on or about August 14, 2019, PALAFOX-ALVAREZ, for the purpose of obtaining employment and for other purposes, knowingly and with intent to deceive, did falsely represent that a Social Security Number not issued to him, was assigned to him; all in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Border Patrol and the Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Julia K. Evans is in charge of the prosecution.