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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Dominican National Indicted for Passport Fraud and Identity Theft

BOSTON - A Dominican national was charged today in federal court in Boston with passport fraud and identity theft.

Manuel Alejandro Guzman Soto, 49, was indicted today on one count of passport fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

On Aug. 18, 2011, Guzman Soto entered a Roslindale post office and used the name, date of birth, and Social Security Number of a United States citizen from Puerto Rico to apply for a United States passport.

The charge of passport fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $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. Guzman Soto 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 William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Soivilien of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting this case.

The details contained in the charging documents 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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Identity Theft
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Updated April 5, 2018