Boston - A Lowell man was charged today in federal court with falsely claiming U.S. citizenship and identity theft.
Wilmer Radames Alves-Villar, 35, was indicted on four counts of false claim to U.S. citizenship and four counts of using a means of identification belonging to another person.
The indictment alleges that on four separate occasions Alves-Villar falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen and, in doing so, used the identity of another person. Alves-Villar made two of the false claims in the U.S. Immigration Court in Boston during hearings to establish his identity and nationality.
If convicted, Alves-Villar faces up to three years in prison for each count of false claim to U.S. citizenship, and a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for each count of aggravated identity theft, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maxim Grinberg of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.
The details contained in the are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.