CEDAR RAPIDS -- A Mexican citizen who had been deported, illegally returned to the U.S., and then used false identification documents to obtain a job has been sentenced to more than two months in federal prison.
Emmanuel Santos-Diaz, 34, of Hampton, in July pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of identification documents and one count of illegal reentry into the U.S.
U.S. District Court Judge Linda R. Reade sentenced Santos-Diaz to 73 days’ in prison and a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
At the guilty plea, Santos-Diaz admitted he had previously been deported from the U.S. in February 2003, and that he illegally re-entered the U.S., according to a news release.
Santos-Diaz also admitted he used a fraudulent Social Security card and a fraudulent green card while completing an employment form in March 2015 at an unidentified Clear Lake business.
Authorities say the Social Security account number on the card belonged to a U.S. citizen, and that the registration number on the green card had been issued to another person.
In May, the Clear Lake Police Department received a complaint from a woman in Arkansas that she was being denied benefits because someone was using her Social Security number in Iowa to work and that income was being counted against her.
Immigration agents arrested Santos-Diaz at a job site in Hampton in June.
Santos-Diaz also has prior convictions in Franklin County for forgery in 2003 and operating while intoxicated in 2005.