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Boston Man Indicted For Social Security, Passport Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
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BOSTON – A Boston man was charged today with making false statements in passport applications and illegally receiving disability payments.

Antonio Pulinario Brea, 54, was indicted with theft of government money and two counts of making false statements in passport applications.

The indictment alleges that from 2004 to 2013, Pulinario Brea illegally received more than $60,000 in Social Security disability payments under another person’s identity. It is further alleged that in 2010 and 2011, Pulinario Brea used the alias to apply for United States passports.

The offenses with which Pulinario Brea is charged carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Office; and Bruce Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Landry of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated December 15, 2014