Dominican National Sentenced for Identity Theft
BOSTON – A Dominican national, who is illegally in the United States, was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with identity theft.
Kelny Andujar, a/k/a Kelny Alberto Andujar Pinales, 36, a Dominican national residing in Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 27 months in prison and two years of supervised release. In June 2018, Andujar pleaded guilty to one count of passport fraud, one count of misusing a Social Security number, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Andujar has been in custody since his arrest in March 2018.
In March 2016, Andujar went to a post office in Lawrence and applied for a U.S. passport in the name of a U.S. citizen who lives in Puerto Rico and listed that citizen’s date of birth, place of birth and Social Security number. Andujar supported his application with a certified copy of the victim’s birth certificate, a Social Security card bearing the victim’s name and Social Security number, and a Massachusetts ID card bearing Andujar’s photo but the victim’s name. The passport application was denied.
In November 2016, Andujar went to the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Wilmington and applied for a duplicate Massachusetts ID card in the victim’s name. Andujar represented that the victim’s name, date of birth, and Social Security number were his own. The application was granted, and Andujar was issued a replacement ID card bearing his photo with the victim’s name.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Wichers of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.