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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Dominican National Sentenced for Identity Theft

BOSTON – A Dominican national previously residing in Dorchester was sentenced today in connection with using the identity of a U.S. citizen.

Wandil Mejia Jimenez, 31, was sentenced during a videoconference hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to time served (approximately 12 months). Mejia Jimenez now faces deportation proceedings. In January 2020, Mejia Jimenez pleaded guilty to one count of false representation of a Social Security number. He 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.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Michael S. Shea , 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 U.S. 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, prosecuted the case.

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Identity Theft
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Updated April 23, 2020