New York Man Who Tried to Withdraw Money from Massachusetts Bank Accounts Using Fake Passports Agrees to Plead Guilty
BOSTON – A Dominican national, residing illegally in the United States, was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for identity theft and related charges.
Willy Antonio Hernandez Camilo, 34, a Dominican national previously residing in Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to two years and a day in prison and three years of supervised release. Hernandez Camilo will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. In March 2018, Hernandez Camilo pleaded guilty to one count of passport fraud, two counts of misuse of a Social Security number, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
In 2014, Hernandez Camilo applied for a passport at a Methuen post office purporting to be a U.S. citizen. On the application he represented that the name, Social Security number, and date of birth of a Puerto Rican man were his. He supported the application with a birth certificate and a 2012 Massachusetts driver’s license, both in the victim’s name. In 2016, Hernandez Camilo went to a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles office in Haverhill and applied to renew his Massachusetts driver’s license. Again, he represented the victim’s identity to be his own. Hernandez Camilo admitted that he knew the identity he used was not fabricated but belonged to a real person.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Wichers of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.