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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Dominican National Sentenced for Social Security Misuse

BOSTON – A Dominican national previously residing in Lawrence was sentenced on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 in connection with using another individual’s social security number.

Angel Bautista Rossi, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Bautista Rossi will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence.

In August 2017, Bautista Rossi used the identity and social security number of a U.S. citizen in an application for a Massachusetts driver’s license and to obtain medical benefits. In July 2020, Bautista Rossi, using the stolen identity, was arrested in Norfolk County on unrelated drug charges currently pending in the Norfolk Superior Court.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and John Cremonini, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Boston Field Office, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

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Updated January 13, 2022