Dominican National Pleads Guilty to False Identity Crime
Boston – A Dominican national residing in Boston pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to false representation of a Social Security number.
Altagracia Baez Guerrero, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of false representation of a Social Security number. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns has not yet scheduled a sentencing date. Baez Guerrero has been in federal immigration custody since Feb. 11, 2019.
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 victim whose identity was stolen told law enforcement that she had never visited, lived in, or worked in Massachusetts. The victim learned in 2018 that W-2s in her identity were issued for income earned at two different Massachusetts businesses the previous year. Based on information provided by one of the businesses, the victim learned that the imposter had provided a home address in Dorchester, which was the same address that the defendant used when applying for the learner’s permit.
The charge of false representation of a Social Security number provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years 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; Jason Molina, Acting 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.