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Dominican National Sentenced for Stealing Citizen’s Identity and Selling Drugs

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Dominican national residing in Mattapan was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for Social Security fraud, aggravated identity theft, and drug possession.

Yhoan Alexis Nivar Rodriguez, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to 43 months in prison. Nivar will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. Nivar previously pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud, aggravated identity theft, and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine, and crack cocaine.

Nivar was arrested and charged in a July 2018 federal law enforcement sweep of 25 individuals accused of document and benefit fraud. Dubbed “Double Trouble,” the investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigation’s Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force, comprised of local, state, and federal agencies with expertise in detecting, deterring, and disrupting organizations and individuals involved in various types of document, identity, and benefit fraud schemes.

On Dec. 15, 2015, Nivar went to a Registry of Motor Vehicles office in Braintree and successfully applied for a Massachusetts driver’s license using the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of a female U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico. In July 2018, federal agents executed a search warrant at Nivar’s apartment. Inside a safe in Nivar’s bedroom, agents recovered over 70 grams of fentanyl, cocaine, and crack cocaine packaged for street-level sales, plus a drug ledger and $1,500 cash. Another $2,753 cash was found on a table in the bedroom. Nivar admitted to buying and selling drugs.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Jason Molina, 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. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Wichers of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

Updated September 16, 2019