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Judge: Eldon E. Fallon
Court: United States District Court for the District of Louisiana (Orleans Parish)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in New Orleans
Description: New Orleans, Louisiana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with illegally using a social security number to qualify for employment, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).
On March 29, 2022, Homeland Security Investigations received information that certain individuals had used fraudulent Social Security cards in an initial application to obtain employment. Prior to finalizing employment with their prospective company, the individuals had to report to the Gulf Coast Safety Council, which provides safety courses to applicants applying to work with companies servicing petrochemical processing plants. On March 30, 2022, Mario Mateo Tomas Jose arrived at the Gulf Coast Safety Council office in St. Rose, Louisiana to complete the safety course to finalize his employment with Company “A”. On that day, TOMAS JOSE presented a fraudulent United States Social Security card bearing the name and United States Social Security number of a United States citizen, which he represented to be his own, in order to obtain employment.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon M. Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to one year of probation and and a mandatory assessment fee of $100.00.