NEW JERSEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY
TO FEDERAL PASSPORT FRAUD CHARGE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JUAN GUARDERAS, 37, of New Jersey, pleaded guilty today before United States Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven to one count of making a false statement on a passport application.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on August 4, 2003, GUARDERAS submitted an application for a U.S. passport at the U.S. Passport Agency located in Norwalk. On the application, GUARDERAS falsely provided the name, social security number, birth date, parents’ names, and place of birth of an individual with whom GUARDERAS was residing at the time. In support of his application, GUARDERAS also submitted a fraudulently obtained New Jersey Driver’s License and birth certificate issued in the name of the other individual. GUARDERAS then signed the passport application and swore to its veracity.
The fraud was discovered in 2009 after the individual whose identifying information GUARDERAS used applied for a U.S. Passport.
GUARDERAS is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton on December 5, 2012, at which time GUARDERAS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.
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