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MAN FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SENTENCED
FOR FRAUD AND MISUSE OF DOCUMENTS AND VISAS

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010

Boston, MA - A man from the Dominican Republic was sentenced yesterday to six months in prison on charges of fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents, false claims to United States citizenship and fraud and misuse of visas.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Boston Field Office, announced today that FELIX LEOPOLDO MARQUEZ GALICE, formerly of Allston, Massachusetts, was sentenced by United States District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to six months in prison and three years of supervised release based on MARQUEZ's conviction of one count of fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents; nine counts of false claims to U.S. citizenship; one count of making false statements; one count of fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents; and two counts of making false statements relating to the registry of aliens

MARQUEZ pled guilty on September 8, 2009 to all charges except those charging him with making false claims to U.S. citizenship. On January 6, 2010, a jury found MARQUEZ guilty of those charges as well. MARQUEZ, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, assumed the identity of a United States citizen when he came unlawfully to the United States in 2003. MARQUEZ repeatedly represented himself as a U.S. citizen over the next three years in applications filed with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and, among other things, used the identity of the U.S. citizen to obtain a Massachusetts driver's license. MARQUEZ returned to the Dominican Republic in 2005 and applied for a U.S. visa in his true name, and in so doing, falsely told State Department officials he had never been in the United States unlawfully and had spent the previous three years in the Dominican Republic. MARQUEZ used the visa he fraudulently obtained to enter the United States again, and then repeated his false statements in later seeking to adjust his status to that of a lawful permanent resident.

In addition to the sentence he received yesterday, MARQUEZ faces the possibility of deportation.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Richardson of Ortiz's Major Crimes Unit.


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