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Illegal alien sentenced in N.D. for aggravated identity theft

U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Monday, Enrique Orozco-Villegas, 28, of San Luis, Sonara, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland on charges of re-entry of a deported alien, aggravated identity theft and false claim of U.S. citizenship.

Orozco-Villegas was ordered deported and was removed from the U.S. in June 2007 and March 2009. He subsequently illegally re-entered the U.S. While in Wyoming, Orozco-Villegas purchased the identifying information of a United States citizen, including his name, date of birth and Social

Security number. In June 2010, Orozco-Villegas used the false identity when he applied for employment with an oil field services company in Wyoming, authorities said. He completed an Employment Eligibility Verification form and claimed to be a U.S. citizen. The company sent him to work in North Dakota. Orozco-Villegas also opened a bank account in Dickinson, N.D., under the false identity.

The victim whose identifying information had been purchased was notified

by the Internal Revenue Service that his income was under-reported. The victim was also notified by his bank of an overdraft. This prompted the victim to notify law enforcement that someone else was using his identity. This led to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of Orozco-Villegas.

Hovland sentenced Orozco-Villegas to serve one month in federal

prison on the charges of reentry of a deported alien and false claim of U.S. citizenship and to serve a two year consecutive sentence on the charge of aggravated identity theft, to be followed by one year of supervised release.

Orozco-Villegas was ordered to pay restitution of $728 to the victim and to pay a $300 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund.

The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations and the

Dickinson Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hagler from the District of North

Dakota and Assistant U.S. Attorney Darrell Fun from the District of

Wyoming prosecuted the case.