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Dominican National Sentenced for False Identity Crime

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

Boston – A Dominican national, formerly residing in Lawrence, was sentenced to 12 months in prison in federal court in Boston today for his conviction for false representation of a Social Security number.

Santo Pascual Soto Diaz, 39, pleaded guilty in December to false representation of a Social Security number before U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns.  Soto Diaz was sentenced to 12 months in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release.  He is also subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. 

On April 12, 2016, Soto Diaz falsely represented that a Social Security number was his in an application for an identification card at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. In connection with the application, Soto Diaz provided various documents, including a Social Security card, in order to obtain the Massachusetts identification. 

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 prosecuted the case.


Updated January 11, 2021