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Waterloo man convicted of being in country illegally

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A Waterloo man has been convicted of being in the country illegally following a two-day federal trial in Cedar Rapids.

Court officials say 27-year-old Julian Reyes Ferrer-Hernandez was convicted of one count of unauthorized use of a Social Security number not assigned to him, one count of unlawful use and possession of a fake social security card and fake permanent resident card to gain employment in the United States, one count of making a false claim of being a lawful permanent resident alien on an Immigration I-9 form, one count of falsely claiming to be an United States citizen, and one count of making a false statement regarding his employment during an interview with immigration officers.

According to court documents, Ferrer-Hernandez was arrested in Waterloo for public intoxication on March 14, 2012.

Officials say he gave a Waterloo police officer six different identity cards at the time of his arrest. Those included a fake social security card and a fake lawful permanent resident alien card with a number that was assigned to a Nigerian.

Police say he also had two El Salvadoran identity cards and two fake California ID cards.

Officials say Ferrer-Hernandez was born in El Salvador and is still a resident of that country.

According to court officials, testimony showed that Ferrer-Hernandez used the fake social security card and the fake lawful permanent resident alien card to get a job in Waterloo in 2008. They say he falsely claimed to be a lawful permanent resident alien on an Immigration I-9 form. He was employed in Waterloo from May 2008 through February 2012.

Officials say that when Ferrer-Hernandez was questioned by a Homeland Security officer on April 16, 2012, he first claimed he was born in El Salvador, then claimed he was a United States citizen born in an unknown city in Texas.

Officials say he also said that he had not been employed in the United States since 2005.

Ferrer-Hernandez faces up to 33 years in prison, a $1,250,000 fine and 13 years of supervised release following his release from prison.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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