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Illegal alien who used fake green card to try and get job in Iowa sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who used another person’s Social Security number to get a job was sentenced today to more than three months in federal prison.

Juan Gabriel Xiquita-Aju, age 30, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Postville, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 12, 2019, guilty plea to one count of misuse of a social security number.

At the guilty plea, Xiquita-Aju admitted that on July 12, 2016, he used someone else’s social security number on employment forms when applying for work in Independence, Iowa. He also used a fraudulent permanent resident card, also known as a “green card,” when he completed the employment forms. Xiquita-Aju first came to the attention of immigration officials in March 2017 after his arrest for operating while intoxicated in Allamakee County, Iowa.

Xiquita-Aju was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Xiquita-Aju was sentenced to 106 days’ imprisonment. He must also serve a one-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

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

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations.

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