Mexican national pleads guilty to lying on Passport application

 A Mexican national pleaded guilty Monday to submitting false information when applying for a passport.

Federico Vargas Mares (28) entered a conditional guilty plea for one count of false statement on a passport application. The plea will become final when accepted by a U.S. district judge. According to the guilty plea, Mares filed an application at the Iberia Parish Clerk of Court under a different name. He also listed his home of origin as Puerto Rico instead of Mexico. After further investigation, it was discovered that Mares had multiple immigration-related arrests and was charged with smuggling illegals into the U.S. in January of 2006. He was removed from the United States in October of 2007 and was barred from returning.

 Mares faces 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date was not set.

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