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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Dominican National Arrested for Aggravated Identity Theft

BOSTON – A Dominican national was arrested today in Miami Beach, Fla., for misusing a Social Security number and aggravated identity theft.    

Adys Sanchez, 46, was charged in federal court in Boston on April 5, 2018, with one count of misuse of a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft. Sanchez appeared in federal court in Miami today at 2pm.

According to the indictment unsealed today, in April 2014, Sanchez represented that a Social Security number belonging to another person was her own in an application for a driver’s license renewal at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. The indictment further alleges that Sanchez committed aggravated identity theft by using the Social Security number of another person.

False representation of a Social Security number provides for a sentence of no greater than 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. The charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year sentence that must run consecutively to any other sentence, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. 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; Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Boston Field Office; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General; and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

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Updated April 12, 2018