A man from Mexico pleaded guilty this week to committing fraud when he applied for a passport in New Iberia in 2013, officials said.
Federico Vargas Mares, 28, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to federal Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna. The plea becomes final upon approval by Judge Richard Haik, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said.
Finley said Mares used another name when he filled out an application for a passport at the Iberia Parish Clerk of Court’s Office in May 2013. Mares also wrote that his home was Puerto Rico instead of Mexico, Finley said.
Authorities investigating the case discovered Mares has had “multiple immigration-related arrests” over the years, and “was charged with smuggling aliens in 2006,” Finley said.
Officials deported Mares in October 2007 and barred him from returning, Finley said.
Mares faces 10 years in federal prison, three years’ supervised release and a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing date was not set.
Agents with Homeland Security Investigations and the Diplomatic Security Service investigated the case.