Guatemalan with multiple deportations sought job in Eagle Grove

Figueroa-Sanchez gets eight months in federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Guatemalan man living in Wright County who had been deported twice has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to document fraud, according to the United States attorney’s office.

Felix Figueroa-Sanchez, 30, pleaded guilty in October 2017 to unlawful use of identification documents and illegal re-entry into the United States after a felony conviction.

He was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in federal prison.

According to the United States attorney’s office, Northern District of Iowa, Figueroa-Sanchez admitted he used a Social Security card with a fake name when he filled out employment forms for a job in Eagle Grove.

He also admitted that he had illegally returned to the United States after being deported twice following a felony conviction.

He was deported once in 2008 and once in 2010.

In the 2008 incident, he was deported after being arrested in Postville on May 12 of that year while working under a false name, according to court documents.

Immigration officials arrested him again on Feb. 4, 2010. He was deported about a week later, court documents say.

On Dec. 15, 2016, he “used the name and Social Security number of a United States citizen in completing a Form I-9 to gain employment in Eagle Grove,” according to court documents.

The place of business was not disclosed.

Form I-9’s purpose is to verify the identity and employment authorization of someone hired for employment in the United States, according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Immigration agents learned of Figueroa-Sanchez’s re-entry in August 2017 after he was convicted of an assault charge in Wright County.

The U.S. attorney’s office said he had used a false name.

Federal court records list Jose Solis-Herrera as an alias.

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