Guatemalan man faces federal charges in Kansas
A Guatemalan citizen who has been living and working in Arkansas City has been indicted on federal immigration charges.
A news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says Pedro Mendoza-Mendoza, 21, is charged with one count of possessing false documents, four counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of making a false statement on an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form, one count of misusing a Social Security number and one count of producing a false identification document. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in April and May 2012 in Cowley County, Kan.
The indictment alleges Mendoza-Mendoza falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen and possessed false documents including a State of Oklahoma identification card bearing his photo with another person’s name and a Social Security card with another person’s Social Security number. He used the false Social Security number to be employed by Creekstone Farms. The identity Mendoza-Mendoza is accused of stealing belongs to a U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Tennessee.
If convicted, Mendoza-Mendoza faces stiff fines and possible prison time.