Illegal Immigrant Living in Cascade Sentenced to Prison

An illegal immigrant living in Cascade has been sentenced to prison.

46-year old Luis Gonzalez-Esparsa of Mexico used another person’s social security number and a fraudulent “green card” to get a job. He was sentenced last Thursday to five months in federal prison.

A jury found him guilty of one count of unlawful use of an identification document and one count of misuse of a social security number. The evidence at trial showed that on June 14, 2018, Gonzalez-Esparsa used someone else’s social security number on employment and tax documents when applying for work in Peosta.  He also used a fraudulent permanent resident card, also known as a “green card,” to claim he was legally present and authorized to work in the United States.

Gonzalez-Esparsa came to the attention of immigration officials following his arrest last August in Anamosa after he failed to appear for court on a driving violation. Gonzalez-Esparsa has been convicted of driving without a valid driver’s license eight times.  He was also convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Allamakee County in 2005.

Officials say Gonzalez-Esparsa has illegally lived in the United States since 1996.


He is being held in the U.S. Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.