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Arkansas City resident faces federal immigration charges

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.

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.

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