Man Sentenced For Illegally Using Social Security Number to Obtain Employment

Date: 
Friday, December 13, 2019
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana:

NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that ALVARO JOSE MEZA-GONZALEZ  ( MEZA-GONZALEZ), age 39, a native of Nicaragua, was sentenced on December 12, 2019 after previously pleading guilty to illegally using a Social Security  number to obtain employment, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).

United States District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier sentenced MEZA-GONZALEZ, to time served and a $100 special assessment fee. The defendant shall be surrendered to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings.  

According to court documents, on or about August 14, 2019, MEZA-GONZALEZ presented a false Social Security card when attending a pre-employment safety class at the Gulf Coast Safety Council in St. Rose, Louisiana. MEZA-GONZALEZ falsely represented that a social security number was assigned to him when in fact; the social security number had been assigned by the Commissioner of Social Security to another individual.

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