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Mexico Native Charged With Loan And Passport Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Maria DeJesus-Guzman, 36, of Philadelphia, was charged today in a four count indictment with loan application fraud, passport fraud, falsely representing to be a United States citizen, and aggravated identity theft announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the indictment, DeJesus-Guzman, an alien and a native and citizen of Mexico, falsely represented that her name was “W.A.A.,” her date of birth was in 1970, and her social security number ended with 5120, in order to obtain a home equity loan and line of credit from Bank of America, N.A. DeJesus-Guzman made the same false representations in a passport application, in addition to the false representation that she was born in Puerto Rico and, therefore, a United States citizen, in order to obtain a United States passport.

If convicted of the offenses, DeJesus-Guzman faces a total maximum sentence of 43 years imprisonment, a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence, five years supervised release, $1,750,000 fine, and $400 special assessment.

This case was investigated by the United States State Department Diplomatic Security Service and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anita Eve.

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Updated December 15, 2014