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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lawrence Woman Indicted For Misusing A Social Security Number

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BOSTON - A Lawrence woman was charged today with misusing a social security number.

Kernia Avalo De Mejia, 28, was indicted for misusing a social security number in connection with renting apartments in the greater Lawrence area under a stolen identity. This indictment was part of a larger investigation into drug trafficking by illegal aliens in the Lawrence-Methuen area.

If convicted, Avalo faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Thomas E. Kanwit of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

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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Updated December 15, 2014