Staunton Man Sentenced to 30 Months
Imprisonment for Passport Fraud
HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA -- A Staunton man who used his brother’s identity to obtain a passport was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg.
The charges resulted from a cooperative investigation by the Staunton Police Department and the United States Department of State Diplomatic Security Service.
On Tuesday in Harrisonburg, Nanya Dawud-El, 41, of Staunton, Va., was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment. The defendant previously pled guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of passport fraud.
“Identify theft is a serious crime that has real world implications for its victims,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “Mr. Dawud-El fraudulently posed as his brother to obtain an American passport. This office will do all it can to protect the integrity of government documents and hold accountable anyone who attempts to misrepresent his or her identity.”
According to evidence presented at prior hearings by Assistant United States Attorney Zachary Lee, Dawud-El utilized his brother’s license and identifying information to apply for a United States Passport in his brother’s name in August 2007. The passport was issued to Dawud-El and he used the fraudulently obtained passport to travel to the Dominican Republic in November 2007. When confronted by investigators, Dawud-El admitted that he had used his brother’s identity to obtain the passport.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Stauton Police Department and the United States Department of State Diplomatic Security Service. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary T. Lee of the United States Attorney’s Office in Abingdon prosecuted the case for the United States.