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Mexican national sentenced for using fraudulent document and lying to Border Officer

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Juan Luis Jimenez Cortez, a/k/a Fernando Castillo, 45, a native of Mexico living in Chicago, Illinois, who was convicted of use of an entry document obtained by fraud and making false statements to a Federal official, was sentenced to serve four months in prison and three years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephanie O. Lamarque and Elizabeth R. Moellering, who handled the case, stated that on August 13, 2017, a Customs and Border Protection Officer at the Lewiston Queenston Bridge encountered the defendant. Cortez presented an Illinois Drivers’ License and Social Security card listing the name Fernando Castillo and claimed to be a Puerto Rican born United States citizen. However, the defendant is a Mexican citizen with no legal status in the United States, and purchased the fraudulent Social Security card.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy.