Mexican who used fraudulent permanent resident card sentenced to prison and supervised release | USAO-NDIA


A man who used a fake ID was today sentenced to nine days in jail.

Francisco Gonzalez-Matias, 42, a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States and residing in Waterloo, Iowa, was sentenced after pleading guilty on November 22, 2021 to one count of unlawful use of a document of identity.

During the guilty plea, Gonzalez-Matias admitted to using a fraudulent permanent resident card, also known as a “green card,” when he filled out employment forms at a Cedar Falls company in April 2021. On the job application, Gonzalez-Matias falsely claimed to be a lawful permanent resident of the United States. The alien registration number on the green card was assigned to a man from Russia. Gonzalez-Matias also used a fictitious social security number on company employment and tax forms. Social Security and Permanent Resident cards are documents used to prove identity and are required by law or regulation for entry or as proof of stay or authorized employment in the United States. As an illegal alien, Gonzalez-Matias was not authorized to work in the United States.

Gonzalez-Matias was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge CJ Williams. Gonzalez-Matias was sentenced to nine days in prison. He must also serve a three-year supervised release sentence after the prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system.

Gonzalez-Matias was released after the hearing to begin serving his probation sentence.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, law and deportation operations.

Information on the court file at

The file number is 21-CR-2029.

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