CITIZEN OF CHILE WHO USED FALSE
IDENTITY TO APPLY FOR U.S. PASSPORT IS SENTENCED
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DAVID HUMBERTO SANHUEZA ARANCIBIA, 50, a citizen of Chile last residing in Stamford, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to approximately two months of imprisonment, time served, for using a false identity in applying for a United States passport.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 9, 2011, SANHUEZA filled out an application for a U.S. passport at the Ferguson Library in Stamford by using the name, date of birth and social security number of a U.S. citizen. In association with the application process, SANHUEZA also presented a Connecticut driver’s license that contained his picture along with the name of the U.S. citizen, and a birth certificate in the name of the U.S. citizen.
Shortly after SANHUEZA submitted his passport application, the U.S. citizen whose identity SANHUEZA used also submitted an application for a passport.
The investigation of this matter revealed that SANHUEZA illegally entered the U.S. sometime after June 1999 and settled in Connecticut. In 2007, SANHUEZA used the identity of the U.S. citizen to obtain both a Connecticut driver’s license and Connecticut non-driver identification.
On February 3, 2012, SANHUEZA pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement in an application for a passport.
SANHUEZA, who has been detained since December 11, 2011, will be deported to Chile.
This matter was investigated by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Henry K. Kopel.
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