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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dominican National Charged with Identity Theft

BOSTON – A Dominican national was charged today in federal court in Boston in connection with misusing a Social Security number and identity theft. 

Jose Gonzalez Vizcaino was indicted on two counts of misuse of a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft. Vizcaino was previously charged by complaint and arrested in February 2018. 

According to court documents, on March 11, 2014, Vizcaino walked into a branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles and used the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of a United States citizen from Puerto Rico to apply for a Massachusetts learner’s permit. On May 19, 2014, Vizcaino returned to the Registry of Motor Vehicles and again used the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of the United States citizen to apply for a Massachusetts driver’s license.   

The charge of misuse 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 up to $250,000. The charge of aggravated identity theft provides for a mandatory two years in prison, which must run consecutive to any other imposed term of imprisonment. Vizcaino will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. 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 and Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Soivilien of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

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Identity Theft
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Updated March 1, 2018