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.
Alejandro Yoel Diaz Diaz, 28, a Dominican national formerly residing in Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to two years and one day in prison. Diaz Diaz will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. In August 2019, Diaz Diaz pleaded guilty to one count of false representation of a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft.
On Aug. 1, 2017, Diaz Diaz applied for a Massachusetts identification card using the name, date of birth and Social Security number of a Puerto Rican born United States citizen. At the time of his arrest in April 2019, Diaz Diaz was on probation out of Lawrence District Court for distribution of heroin in the United States citizen’s identity. Diaz Diaz was identified, among other things, from a fingerprint match with a Dominican Republic identification document issued to him and bearing his photo.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Jason Molina, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsey E. Weinstein of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.