A native of Guatemala now living in Arkansas City has been indicted on federal immigration charges.
Pedro Mendoza-Mendoza, 21, was charged in U.S. District Court with one count of possessing false documents, four counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of making a false statement on an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form, one count of misusing a Social Security number and one count of producing a false identification document.
The crimes are alleged to have occurred in April and May 2012 in Cowley County, the U.S. Department of Justice reports in a prepared statement.
The indictment alleges Mendoza-Mendoza falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen and possessed false documents — among them a state of Oklahoma identification card bearing his photo with another person’s name and a Social Security card with another person’s Social Security number.
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He used the false Social Security number to be employed by Creekstone Farms, the indictment alleges. The identity he was using belongs to a U.S. Navy veteran now living in Tennessee.
Upon conviction, the crimes carry these penalties:
Possession of false identification documents: A maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000.
Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years consecutive to other sentences on each count.
Making a false written statement on an I-9 form: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Misusing a Social Security number: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Producing a false identification document: A maximum penalty of 15 years and a fine up to $250,000.