MCALLEN, Texas – A Honduran man could face up to five years in federal prison for trying to cross into the U.S. with a young girl not related to him.
22-year-old Luis Fernando Ortiz-Matamoros has been charged with smuggling and making a false family claim.
This happened near Hidalgo as the man was trying to cross the Rio Grande river with the little girl.
Martinez claimed it was his daughter, presenting a fraudulent birth certificate for her.
According to the charges, he was only traveling with her in order to gain entry into the United States.