Decorah, Iowa – A former Decorah man has pleaded guilty to using a false Social Security number when applying for a job in Howard County.
24 year old Jose Guadelupe Machorro, originally from Vera Cruz, Mexico entered a guilty plea last month in U.S District Court in Cedar Rapids of misuse of a social security number. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to court records, Machorro entered the United States in 2008 and lived in Alabama for two years before moving to Decorah. He worked in a Decorah restaurant for about a year before obtaining a job at Mehmert Tiling, using a bogus social security card and permanent resident card to obtain the job.
In March of 2015 deputies with the Howard County Sheriff’s office interviewed Machorro on an unrelated complaint. Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement became involved in the investigation and while Machorro wasn’t charged in connection with the initial complaint, authorities determined the documents he used to obtain his job were fraudulent.
A federal grand jury issued an indictment in May of 2015, but Machorro remained at large until June of 2016 when officers with the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force arrested him.
Sentencing for Machorro will be held at a later date.