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Jamaican Alien Found Guilty Of Passport Fraud

December 7 , 2011

Tampa, FL -  U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury today found Vencot Marean Maxwell (28, Spring Hill) guilty of making a false and fraudulent application for a United States Passport, identity theft, and aggravated identity theft in connection with that false passport application.  Maxwell faces a maximum penalty of  ten years imprisonment. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 16, 2012 before United States District Judge James D. Whittemore.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on March 2, 2010, Maxwell, a Jamaican national, submitted an application for a United States passport to an acceptance clerk with the U.S. Postal Service station at the Tampa International Airport. On that form, he fraudulently used the means of identification of a resident from the Virgin Islands, and posed as that individual in seeking the passport. Investigation by federal law enforcement agencies detected the fraud in his application and denied issuance of the passport.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service, with assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jay Hoffer.









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