NEW JERSEY MAN SENTENCED
FEDERAL PRISON FOR PASSPORT FRAUD
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JUAN GUARDERAS, 37, of New Jersey, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for passport fraud.
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 a 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.
On September 13, 2012, GUARDERAS pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement on a passport application.
This matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.
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