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Dominican National Charged with Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

Boston – A Dominican national residing in Boston was indicted yesterday in federal court in Boston on charges including identity theft.

Altagracia Baez Guerrero, 26, was indicted on one count of false representation of a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft. Baez Guerrero has been in federal immigration custody since Feb. 11, 2019.

According to the indictment, on March 14, 2016, Baez Guerrero falsely represented that a Social Security number was hers in an application for a learner’s permit at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

The charging statute for 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 up to $250,000. The charging statute for aggravated identity theft provides for a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, up to one year of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra S. Bower 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.

Updated March 1, 2019

Identity Theft