Illegal Alien Sentenced for Passport Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

August 14, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. sentenced Benson Emesiobi, age 34, of Takoma Park, Maryland, today to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for making a false statement on a passport application and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Emesiobi, a Nigerian national, is expected to be deported after serving his federal sentence.

According to his guilty plea, from November 2002 through at least April 2007, Benson Emesiobi fraudulently represented himself to be another individual. On August 28, 2006, Emesiobi filed an application for a United States passport at the U.S. Post Office in Hyattsville, Maryland, using the identifying information of the other individual, but affixing a photo of Emesiobi to the application. As part of the application process, Emesiobi signed and was orally administered an oath that the statements made on the application were true and correct. In addition, on September 13, 2006, Emesiobi used the identifying information of the victim to apply for a home loan in the amount of $350,400. At the closing of the real estate loan, Emesiobi presented a false driver’s license in the name of the victim in order to verify his identity.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Secret Service for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney James A. Crowell IV, who prosecuted the case.


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