Cedar Falls man convicted of identity theft

CEDAR RAPIDS | An man from Mexico who assumed the identity of a United States citizen was convicted by a jury Wednesday after a two-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Juan Bautista-Rubio, 21, was convicted of one count of aggravated identity theft. The verdict was returned Wednesday afternoon following about two hours and 30 minutes of jury deliberations.

Bautista-Rubio previously pleaded guilty May 9 to one count of illegal re-entry into the United States following deportation and one count of unlawful use of a fraudulently acquired Social Security card and permanent resident card to gain employment in the United States.

The evidence at trial showed Bautista-Rubio used a fraudulently acquired Social Security card and a fake lawful permanent resident alien card to obtain employment at Premier Casting Services in Waterloo, where he filled out an Immigration I-9 Form on April 5, 2012, falsely claiming to be a lawful permanent resident alien.

Immigration I-9 forms are required to be completed by all employees working within the United States. Bautista-Rubio worked in Waterloo continuously from April 2012 through June 2013 and again from December 2013 through April 2014.

On April 23, Bautista-Rubio was questioned by an agent with Homeland Security. During that interview Bautista-Rubio admitted he was present in United States illegally after being deported in 2011 and he knowingly used the identification documents of a real person, including the name, date of birth and Social Security number, to gain employment in the United States.

He told the agent he specifically requested and obtained the identification documents of a real person to ensure he could work here.

Sentencing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set at a later date. Bautista-Rubio remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.

Bautista-Rubio faces a mandatory sentence of two years in prison and a maximum sentence of 14 years as well as fines of up to $750,000, $300 in special assessments and five years of supervised release.

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