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Illegal alien from Guatemala who used stolen social security number to get job in Iowa sent to prison


This news story was published on August 27, 2019.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who used another person’s Social Security number to get a job was sentenced August 22, 2019, to four months in federal prison.

Bonifacio Martin-Martin, age 20, a citizen of Guatemala illegally present in the United States and residing in Iowa City, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 10, 2019, guilty plea to one count of misuse of a social security number.

At the guilty plea, Martin-Martin admitted that on July 12, 2018, he used someone else’s name and social security number on employment forms and state and federal tax forms when applying for work in Lime Springs, Iowa. Martin-Martin worked under that person’s name until he was arrested by immigration officials after he was charged with public intoxication in Postville, Iowa, on April 6, 2019. The public intoxication charge was later dismissed after federal charges were filed.

Martin-Martin was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Martin-Martin was sentenced to 120 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.

Martin-Martin 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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