SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man who claimed to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico to avoid going to prison is now wanted by police after he returned to the United States and acknowledged his true identity to a judge.
Jaime Alvarado, 27, of Salt Lake City, was charged Wednesday in Utah’s 3rd District Court with a second-degree felony for giving false material statements and a misdemeanor charge for giving false personal information to a peace officer.
The charges stem from a 2010 arrest when Alvarado told Salt Lake City police, a Utah state courts judge and federal immigration officials that he was actually Saul Quiroz and had emigrated from Mexico illegally. At the time, Alvarado was facing up to 15 years in prison for the possession of cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute.
Instead of going to prison, Alvarado was deported to Mexico based on his false identity, according to court records. But he then returned to the United States using his American passport and earlier this year was arrested in Salt Lake City on an outstanding warrant connected to his guilty plea. On Feb. 3, Alvarado acknowledged during a court hearing that he had lied about his identity. In a follow-up letter to the judge, he said he regretted lying and asked for leniency because his family depended on him.
At the time, Alvarado was facing up to 15 years in prison for the possession of cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute.