Mexican Man Charged with Illegally Using Social Security Number to Obtain Employment

Friday, August 30, 2019
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana:

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that MANUEL LIRA-RIVERA, age 35, a native of Mexico, was charged on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in a one-count bill of information with illegally using a Social Security number in order to obtain employment, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

LIRA-RIVERA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than five (5) years,

three (3) years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.   

U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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