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Dominican National Pleads Guilty To Identity Theft And Drug Charge

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

BOSTON - A Dominican national pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to identity theft and distributing fentanyl and cocaine.

Yhoan Alexis Nivar Rodriguez, 30, a Dominican national residing in Mattapan, pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud, aggravated identity theft, and possession of cocaine and fentanyl with intent to distribute. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris scheduled sentencing for Aug. 22, 2019.

On Dec. 15, 2015, Nivar went to a Registry of Motor Vehicles office in Braintree and successfully applied for a Massachusetts driver’s license using the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of a female U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico. In July 2018, federal agents went to Nivar’s apartment to arrest him and execute a search warrant. While executing the warrant, agents found a locked safe in Nivar’s bedroom that contained small knotted baggies of drugs, a ledger, and $1,500. Another $2,753 was found on a table in the bedroom.

The charge of Social Security fraud 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 carries 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. The charging statute for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, supervised release for a minimum of three years and up to life, and a fine of up to $1 million. Nivar will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. 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; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division; and William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Wichers of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated May 23, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Identity Theft