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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lawrence Man Indicted on Identity Fraud Charges

BOSTON – A Lawrence man who has been living under a false identity was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Boston on charges arising from his use of the name and Social Security number of a U.S. citizen.

An individual referred to as “John Doe” was indicted on charges of misrepresenting a Social Security number, making a false statement concerning a health care benefit program, and aggravated identity theft. He is presently in state custody on unrelated charges and will be appear by videoconference at a later date in the U.S. District Court in Boston for an initial appearance and arraignment.

The charges of misrepresenting a Social Security number and making a false statement concerning a health care benefit program each provide for a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of aggravated identity theft provides for a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, to be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Phillip M. Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

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Identity Theft
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Updated June 23, 2020