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Dominican National Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft Charge

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

BOSTON – A Dominican national pleaded guilty today in connection with using the identity of a U.S. citizen.

Wandil Mejia Jimenez, 31, a Dominican national residing in Dorchester, pleaded guilty to on one count of false representation of a Social Security number. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for May 13, 2020. Mejia Jimenez was arrested in June 2019 and has been detained since that time.

Beginning in 2014, Mejia Jimenez used the name and identifiers of a U.S. citizen to apply for a Massachusetts driver’s license and other identification documents from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Mejia Jimenez also opened bank accounts, including bank accounts that were closed with negative balances, and was arrested for cocaine trafficking under this citizen’s name. Around the time of his arrest, police seized a Dominican Republic passport in Mejia Jimenez’s true name.

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 $250,000. 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; Jason Molina, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office; and Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the United States Marshals Service for the District of Massachusetts and the office of Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely, Deputy Chief of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit, is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 15, 2020

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