Guatemalan man sentenced after using someone else’s name, SSN to work in Iowa

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCAU) – A man who used a false identification document and someone else’s name and social security number to work in Tama, Iowa, was sentenced to three months in federal prison.

Esgar Ramos-Lopez, 27, is a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Tama, Iowa.

Ramos-Lopez was sentenced Wednesday by a U.S. District Court Judge to 90 days’ imprisonment. 

Ramos-Lopez received the prison term after a February 5 guilty plea to one count of unlawful use of an identification document and one count of misuse of a social security number.

At the guilty plea, Ramos-Lopez admitted he used a fraudulent Social Security card when he completed employment and tax forms using someone else’s name and Social Security Number in January 2019 at a business in Tama, Iowa. 

According to court documents, when arrested at his place of employment in January, Ramos-Lopez initially used the alias name with immigration agents and falsely claimed to be a United States citizen.

He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Ramos-Lopez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be turned over to immigration officials.

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