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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Three Charged In Puerto Rico Based Identity Theft Ring

Luz Ramos-Correa, 39, of Landisville, PA, Marta Ruiz-Correa, 28, of Penuelas, Puerto Rico, and Julian Ruiz-Acosta, 58, of Penuelas, Puerto Rico, were charged by indictment, unsealed today, with conspiracy and fraudulent transfer of an identification document, and Luz Ramos-Correa was further charged with aggravated identity theft and fraudulent possession of five or more identification documents, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  According to the indictment, the defendants – all family members – fraudulently obtained birth certificates and U.S. Social Security cards belonging to U.S. citizens residing in Puerto Rico, and then sold these identification documents for profit to buyers in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico. 

If convicted of all charges, Luz Ramos Correa faces a mandatory minimum term of two years in prison, a maximum statutory sentence of eighty-two years’ incarceration, a fine of up to $1,500,000, a special assessment of $700, and three years of supervised release; Marta Ruiz-Correa and Julian Ruiz-Acosta each face a maximum statutory sentence of twenty years’ incarceration, a fine of up to $500,000, a special assessment of $200, and three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Pennsylvania State Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James A. Petkun.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

                                                                             

Updated August 31, 2016