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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Dominican National Sentenced For Identity Theft

BOSTON - A Dominican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Robert Crisologo Bobadilla Baez, a/k/a Robert Crisologo Bobadilla Moreta, 43, a Dominican national residing in Boston, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole to 25 months in prison and one year of supervised release. Bobadilla Baez pleaded guilty in January 2019. He was arrested in July 2018 as part of a law enforcement sweep aimed at detecting, deterring, and disrupting organizations and individuals involved in various types of document, identity, and benefit fraud schemes. Bobadilla Baez will be deported after he completes his sentence.

Bobadilla Baez unlawfully entered the United States in 2001, flying into New York City using a fake name and counterfeit paperwork. In December 2014, he applied for a Massachusetts ID card using the name, Social Security number, and date of birth of a U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico. His application was granted.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division; and William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Wichers of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

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Identity Theft
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Updated May 2, 2019