Valley couple sentenced for fake Facebook claims to provide citizenship


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MCALLEN, Texas — A Mexican man and his McAllen wife have been ordered to federal prison for their respective roles in a mail and wire fraud conspiracy.

34-year-old Francisco Santiago Rodriguez-Nunez aka Marcos Rodriguez, Roberto Garcia-Rodriguez and Mario Ortiz of Mexico, and his wife, 40-year-old Beatriz Adriana Rodriguez of McAllen, pleaded guilty Nov. 27, 2018, to conspiracy to commit fraud. Rodriguez-Nunez also admitted to impersonating a federal agent.

U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez imposed a total 75-month sentence for Rodriguez-Nunez, while Rodriguez was ordered to serve 41 months to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. Not a U.S. citizen, Rodriguez-Nunez is expected to face deportation proceedings following his sentence. The couple was further ordered to pay $174,010 in restitution. Rodriguez-Nunez and Rodriguez were also ordered to forfeit $68,900 and $74,200, respectively.

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