OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
March 18, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Elkins Resident Indicted for Identity Theft
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 26 year old Elkins, West Virginia, resident was named in an Indictment returned on March 17, 2009, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that JOSE JUAN LOPEZ-TABARES was named in a two-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that LOPEZ-TABARES fraudulently used another person’s Social Security Number to obtain employment on January 11, 2008, in Elkins. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that LOPEZ-TABARES falsely attested on Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) that he was “an alien authorized to work until 2014,” knowing that this was false.
If convicted, LOPEZ-TABARES faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count of the Indictment.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The case was investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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