Lawrence Woman Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Use Stolen Identities to Fraudulently Purchase Vehicles
Boston – A Dominican national formerly residing in Methuen was sentenced today for falsely representing a Social Security number as his own.
Francisco Antonio Sanchez Bernabe, 50, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to time served (approximately one year), one year of supervised release and ordered removed to the Dominican Republic. In December 2019, Sanchez Bernabe pleaded guilty to false representation of a Social Security number. He has been in federal custody since his arrest on the charges on April 18, 2019.
On Oct. 25, 2018, Sanchez Bernabe falsely represented that a Social Security number was his in an application for a driver’s license at the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. In connection with the application, Sanchez Bernabe provided various documents, including a birth certificate and Social Security card, in order to obtain the license.
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.