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Former Fugitive Indicted By A Federal Grand Jury After His Capture In GrenadaChelsea Man Listed On U.S. Diplomatic Security Service’s Most Wanted

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
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BOSTON – A Chelsea man was indicted today by a federal grand jury for making false statements in his application for a U.S. passport.

Glen Turczyn, 42, was originally charged by federal criminal complaint in December 2012. He is alleged to have falsely applied for a United States passport at the U.S. Embassy in St. George’s, Grenada, in October 2012 using an assumed identity of Francis H. Turczyn. Turczyn allegedly presented a fraudulently obtained birth certificate and Massachusetts Identity Card in support of his passport application.

As referenced in the charging documents, the Consular Affairs office in Grenada conducted an investigation into Turczyn’s United States passport application, and determined that a Glen Turczyn had previously made an application for a passport in prior years. The photographs for Glen Turczyn and Francis Turczyn matched which prompted a referral to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service for the United States Department of State for further investigation.

Turczyn was detained by Diplomatic Security Service agents in coordination with law enforcement authorities in Grenada and returned to the United States in January 2013 where he was arrested. Turczyn had been listed on the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service’s Most Wanted List.

The maximum sentence under the statute is 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Todd Ziccarelli, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Boston Field Office, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlos A. Lopez of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated December 15, 2014