2017 Illinois – Criminal Conviction – Miguel Valencia-Sandoval
Miguel Valencia-Sandoval, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, admitted that he paid $50,000 in March 2005 for the birth certificate of a Texas man, Ramiro Guerrero-Vasquez. Using that stolen identity, he resided in Champaign County, IL for the past eleven years. His false identity was discovered when he applied for a U.S. passport in 2012 and made a false statement of U.S. citizenship on the application. Further investigation revealed he similarly made a false claim of citizenship on a voter registration application and voted in elections in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Valencia-Sandoval pleaded guilty to five counts, four of which relate to voting while not a citizen. After spending a year in jail following his apprehension for trying to illegally re-enter the United States, he was sentenced to time served in January 2018. He will be deported back to Mexico.