SIOUX CITY – A man who illegally re-entered the country and used a false social security number to obtain employment in Buena-Vista County was sentenced on November 4, 2014, to time served.
Eswin Marroquin-Asturias, age 38, from Guatemala, received the prison term after an October 1, 2014, guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry and one count of use of a false social security number.
At the guilty plea, Marroquin-Asturias admitted he had re-entered the United States without permission after being removed from the country on December 15, 2011, and that he had used an illegally obtained social security card to gain employment.
Marroquin-Asturias came to the attention of Homeland Security Investigations’ (HIS) on July 17, 2014, when law enforcement officers conducted surveillance at a residence in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa, in an attempt to locate an individual suspected of passport fraud. Marroquin-Asturias voluntarily agreed to speak with law enforcement and admitted he had illegally purchased false identification documents and had used them to obtain employment.
Marroquin-Asturias was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett. Marroquin-Asturias was sentenced to time served.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin C. Fletcher and investigated by HSI and the Enforcement and Removal Office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau.