NEW ORLEANS – A Honduran man illegally present in the United States was sentenced to time served, one year of supervised release and a special assessment of $100 on a felony charge of illegal use of a Social Security number Wednesday for fraudulently using a U.S. citizen’s identity to obtain a Louisiana identity card. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated the case.
Javier Canizalez-Hernandez, 40, a citizen of Honduras, previously admitted during his guilty plea to using the Social Security number that was not assigned to him to obtain a Louisiana Identification card from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Houma. U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance of the Eastern District of Louisiana handed down the sentence.
According to court documents, Canizalez was encountered by ERO officers during an investigation into another individual on January 31. ERO officers questioned Canizalez who initially told them he was from Puerto Rico and produced the Louisiana identification card. After further investigation, Canizalez admitted to being from Honduras and having entered the country illegally.
On February 2, Canizalez was questioned again about the Louisiana ID card and told ERO officers he had purchased a Puerto Rican birth certificate and Social Security card from an unknown male for $1,500 almost a decade ago. Canizalez also stated he had used those documents to obtain the Louisiana ID card from the DMV office in Houma.
Canizalez is currently in ICE custody awaiting a hearing by a federal immigration judge.