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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Dominican National Sentenced for False Identity Crimes

BOSTON – A Dominican national who previously resided in Lawrence was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for aggravated identity theft and fraudulent use of a Social Security number.

Robely Eladio De Jesus Guerrero, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to two years and one day in prison. In May 2020, De Jesus Guerrero pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of false representation of a Social Security number.

On Jan. 4, 2016, De Jesus Guerrero used the name, date of birth and Social Security number of a U.S. citizen to submit a renewal application for a Massachusetts driver’s license under the victim’s name.

The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigation’s Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF), a specialized investigative group comprising personnel from various state, local and federal agencies with expertise in detecting, deterring and disrupting organizations and individuals involved in various types of document, identity and benefit fraud schemes.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; William S. Walker, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Phillip M. Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Marshals Service, District of Massachusetts; Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Office; U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Boston Field Office; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, Boston; the Massachusetts State Police; and the Massachusetts Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam W. Deitch of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

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Identity Theft
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Updated January 13, 2021