BEAUMONT — Mario Obdulio Orellana, a 57-year-old Salvadoran national, was indicted on federal immigration violations in East Texas on June 6, 2018.
He was charged with two counts of false representation of U.S. citizenship, false statement in application for a passport, unauthorized use of a Social Security number, and voter fraud.
According to court proceedings, Orellana is suspected to have come into the U.S. illegally from El Salvador in the early 1980s.
While illegally living in Shelby County in 1987, Orellana is suspected to have used falsified documents to get a birth certificate showing he was born in the United States; a passport as a U.S. citizen; and a social security number and register to vote as a U.S. citizen.
He is also suspected to have fraudulently voted in the November 2016 election.
Orellana could serve up to 10 years in federal prison.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Orellana's sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the presentence investigation is completed by the U.S. Probation Office.