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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Dominican National Indicted for Identity Theft and Making False Statements in an Immigration Document

BOSTON – A Dominican national was indicted today for making false statements in an immigration document and aggravated identity theft.

Teodoro Tejada Rivas, 63, a Dominican national who resided in Lawrence until recently, was indicted on one count of making false statements in an immigration document and one count of aggravated identity theft. Tejada Rivas was arrested on Sept. 10, 2019, in Miami, Fla., and has been detained since.

It is alleged that since at least 2006, Tejada Rivas has been using the identity of a U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico. Tejada Rivas used the name, Social Security number and date of birth of the Puerto Rican man to apply for a U.S. passport in 2007, and to file an immigration form in 2016 in an attempt to bring his Dominican wife and children into the United States. The fraudulent immigration form was filed three years after the death of the U.S. citizen whose identity Tejada Rivas had stolen.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office; and John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts, made the announcement today.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Elianna Nuzum of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated October 10, 2019