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Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Identity Theft

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2012

BOISE – Lilliana Ruiz-Dominguez, a/k/a Araceli Ramos, 54, a native of Mexico and former resident of Caldwell, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court in Boise, to aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to the plea agreement, on February 17, 2010, Ruiz-Dominguez applied for a United States passport in Caldwell, Idaho, using the name, social security number, and date of birth of another individual. Ruiz-Dominguez, a native and citizen of Mexico, used the identity of a U.S. citizen in an attempt to obtain a United States passport.

The charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, and up to one year of supervised release.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 29, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge in Boise.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and its law enforcement partners are committed to investigating and prosecuting those individuals who steal identities from innocent victims,” said Olson. “I commend the cooperative efforts of the State Department and ICE-ERO for their thorough investigation.”

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service with assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).