States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|November 4, 2010|
CITIZEN OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WHO FALSELY APPLIED FOR U.S. PASSPORT IS SENTENCED
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUIS RAMON FRANCISCO, 40, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing on Allen Street in New Britain, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to approximately 14 months of imprisonment, time served, for making a false application for a United States passport. FRANCISCO pleaded guilty the offense on August 30, 2010.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 27, 1999, FRANCISCO, who at the time was a lawful permanent resident of the United States, used the identity of another individual when he applied for a U.S. passport at a U.S. Post Office in Hartford.
FRANCISCO, who has been detained since his arrest in August 2009, has been transferred into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation proceedings.
This matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations; the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Fraud Detection and National Security; and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.
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