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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Brazilian National Pleads Guilty to Producing False Identification Documents

Defendant sold counterfeit Lawful Permanent Resident cards

BOSTON – A Brazilian national pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston with producing a false identification document, aiding and abetting and Social Security card fraud.

Cristiano Ribeiro De Moura, 32, who previously resided in Framingham, pleaded guilty to one count of producing an identification document, authentication feature, or false identification document; aiding and abetting; and one count of Social Security card fraud. Ribeiro De Moura was indicted in October 2019. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs scheduled sentencing for April 28, 2020.

Ribeiro De Moura sold four counterfeit Lawful Permanent Resident cards and four counterfeit Social Security cards in July and August 2019. Ribeiro De Moura charged $350 for a set of fake documents, which included one Lawful Permanent Resident card and one Social Security card. The buyers provided their name and date of birth, and Ribeiro De Moura provided the Social Security number.

The charge of producing a false identification document provides for a sentence of up to 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. The charge of Social Security card fraud provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Boston Field Office; and Jason Molina, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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Updated January 29, 2020