U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
August 10, 2011
DOMINICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON
FOR IDENTITY THEFT, ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Dominican national, who illegally reentered the country after having been deported in December 2009 following his conviction on drug trafficking charges, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi to 36 months in federal prison followed by 3 years supervised release on charges of identity theft and falsely representing his citizenship at the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles.
United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Bruce Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of ICE - Homeland Security Investigations in Boston announced the sentencing of Odelin Enrique Medrano, 29. Medrano was also sentenced for intentionally making false statements to an agent of ICE – Homeland Security Investigations in an attempt to conceal his identity, and illegal re-entry into the United States. Medrano pled guilty in April 2011 as charged in a five-count federal indictment.
According to court documents and information presented to the Court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zechariah Chafee, the defendant was arrested by Rhode Island State Police in September 2010, after he allegedly attempted to obtain an Identification Card at the Division of Motor Vehicles using a Puerto Rican birth certificate bearing the name of a different individual and a counterfeit social security card.
The R.I. State Fusion Center assisted ICE Homeland Security Investigations in the investigation through the use of facial recognition software that determined that Medrano had been previously issued a Massachusetts identity document in his real name. Warwick Police also provided forensic assistance in the investigation.
Medrano has been detained since his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in October 2010.
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