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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dominican Man Arrested on Conspiracy Charges

BOSTON – An illegal alien residing in Chelsea was arrested last night on a complaint charging conspiracy to fraudulently issue identification documents.

Edwin Amaurys Parra Suarez (Parra), 37, was arrested in connection with a scheme to produce false identification documents.  The complaint affidavit alleges that from December 2012 through January 2013, Parra bribed an employee of the Revere office of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) in connection with a scheme to issue Massachusetts driver’s licenses to individuals who were not eligible to obtain such documentation.

According to the affidavit, Parra conspired with a RMV clerk to produce at least 29 Massachusetts drivers’ licenses for individuals who are not entitled to them.  Parra allegedly paid the clerk between $100 and $1,000 in cash for each of the fraudulent licenses.

This arrest is the most recent development in investigations involving identity theft and public corruption relating to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

A probable cause hearing will be held on Jan. 7, 2015 at 2:15.  The charging statutes provide for a sentence of no more than five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the statutory maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts States Police; David W. Hall, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Boston Field Office; and Cheryl Garcia, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, New York Regional Office, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Eugenia M. Carris of Ortiz’s Public Corruption Unit.

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Updated December 23, 2014