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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Maryland Man Charged With Stealing Social Security Number

Aurelio Rafael Martinez, 38, of Essex, MD, was charged today by indictment with fraudulent use of a social security number and false statements in a matter within the jurisdiction of a federal agency announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  In particular, the indictment charges the defendant with using a social security number that did not belong to him, and falsely claiming United States citizenship on an I-9 Form in order to obtain and retain employment in connection with his work on the federally funded Girard Point bridge reconstruction project in Philadelphia between 2010 and 2012.

If convicted Martinez faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment.   

The case was investigated by the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division, the Office of Inspector General of the Social Security Administration; Amtrak Office of Inspector General, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul G. Shapiro and Nancy E. Potts.

An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Click here to view the indictment.

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Updated December 15, 2014