SIOUX CITY—A 33-year-old LeMars man who entered the United States illegally from Mexico has been sentenced to federal prison.
U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard Strand sentenced Mexico native Miguel Angel Prieto-Soto on May 31 in Sioux City to four months of imprisonment.
Prieto-Soto received the sentence after he pleaded guilty on April 12 to one count of unlawful use of identification documents.
In his guilty plea, Prieto-Soto admitted that he had purchased a counterfeit permanent resident alien card and counterfeit Social Security card from an individual in Omaha, NE, for $200.
Prieto-Soto also admitted that he had used his real name on the cards and that he presented the counterfeit documents to Bliek’s Custom Fab in Hull for the purposes of obtaining employment.
He came to the attention of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — ICE — after he was arrested in late January near Maurice for driving without a license and admitted to purchasing a counterfeit Social Security card.
The Iowa State Patrol reported citing Prieto-Soto at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, for driving while his license is denied, suspended, canceled or revoked and failure to maintain or use safety belts following a traffic stop of a 2006 Nissan Sentra on Highway 75 just south of Maurice.
In addition to his four-month federal prison sentence, Prieto-Soto also must serve a one-year term of supervised release.
The case was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Kevin Fletcher and investigated by ICE and its Enforcement and Removal Operations.