Dominican Man Pleads Guilty To Social Security And Passport Fraud
BOSTON - A Dominican man pleaded guilty today to theft of public money and passport fraud.
Antonio Pulinario Brea, 55, pleaded guilty to theft of public money and two counts of making a false statement in a passport application. In July 2013, Brea was indicted. Sentencing is scheduled for January 31, 2014.
From 2004 to 2013 Brea illegally received more than $60,000 in Social Security disability payments under another person's identity. He also used the alias to apply for United States passports in 2010 and 2011.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and David Hall, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Boston Field Office, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Landry of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.