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JUNE 21, 2010

Boston, Mass. - An illegal alien a resident of New Bedford, Mass. was indicted in federal court today on charges in connection with making false statements in an application for U.S. passport.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, James P. Ennis, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service and Matthew Etre, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Investigations in Boston, announced that JULIO ANTONIO CABREJA-ARIAS, a/k/a CARLOS A. REYNOSO-MEJIAS, 37, formerly of New Bedford, was charged in a one-count indictment with making false statements in an application for a U.S. Passport.

According to the indictment, on or about June 18, 2009, CABREJA-ARIAS made false statements on an application for a U.S. Passport, with intent to induce and secure the issuance of a U.S. Passport.

If convicted, CABREJA-ARIAS faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment; to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Upon completion of any prison sentence imposed CABREJA-ARIAS also faces deportation to his native Dominican Republic.

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antoinette E.M. Leoney in Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.


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