Man living in Iowa sent to prison for fake documentation

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A Mexican man who used a false identification document to obtain a job was sentenced today to six months in federal prison.

Jose Lopez-Garcia, 35, a citizen of Mexico, was illegally present in the United States. He was living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

On June 7, 2018, a jury verdict found him guilty of one count of unlawful use of an identification document. 

Evidence at trial showed that Lopez-Garcia used a fraudulent permanent resident card, also known as a “green card.” The green card, bearing a number assigned to a female born in Cuba in 1934. Lopez- Garcia used this false identification when he completed an employment form on November 18, 2016, at a business in Cedar Rapids.  Lopez-Garcia also used a fraudulent “green card” when he applied for work at another Cedar Rapids business on February 22, 2017.

Lopez-Garcia was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Lopez-Garcia was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Lopez-Garcia is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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