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Man pleads guilty for falsely claiming to be American citizen

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – A man from Mexico arrested in Vermillion Parish has pleaded guilty to falsely claiming to be American citizen.

According to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, Luis Alberto Hernandez, 32, of Mexico, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, law enforcement agents learned that illegal aliens were returning to the Abbeville area from working on an offshore oil rig located 85 miles off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Upon being questioned on March 15, 2014, Hernandez said he was originally from Texas and gave agents a false name, Social Security number and Louisiana identification card. 

Hernandez later admitted his true name as well as being a citizen of Mexico.

Hernandez faces three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date was not set.

Homeland Security Investigations and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly P. Uebinger is prosecuting the case.

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