Friday, February 14, 2014

Mexican citizen pleads guilty to identity theft

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A citizen of Mexico who has been living and working in Kansas City, Kan., after twice being deported pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of altering and using a Social Security card of another person, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Juan Francisco Morales-Jimenez, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of using an altered genuine Social Security card of another person to unlawfully reside and obtain employment in the United States.

In his plea, he admitted he unlawfully used a Social Security number and a false name to work for True North Outdoor, a commercial landscaping and snow removal service in Kansas City, Kan.

According to court records, investigators determined that under his true name he had been deported from the United States in 1998 and 2006.

A fingerprint check revealed he also had criminal convictions in Colorado for forgery and non-consensual sexual contact. Items seized from Morales-Jimenez included a black ski mask, walkie-talkies, 69 rounds of 9mm hollow point ammunition, a shoulder holster and body armor.

He is set for sentencing on June 3, 2014. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 24 months in federal prison.

Grissom commended Homeland Security Investigations and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford for their work on the case.