United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced Tuesday that a man from Honduras pleaded guilty to making false statements after trying to obtain a Louisiana driver’s license illegally.
Will Avila, 36, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee. D. Drell to one count of making a false statement.
According to the guilty plea, Avila entered a Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles location in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana on January 10, 2018, and attempted to apply for a Louisiana driver’s license.
Avila used the name and Social Security card of a Puerto Rican citizen to fill out the driver’s license application.
A special agent with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement questioned Avila, and the defendant made false statements in an attempt to maintain the false identity he used to apply for the driver’s license.
Avila faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
The court set the sentencing date for March 7, 2019.
Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation. Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Myers P. Namie is prosecuting the case.