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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Leominster Man Indicted for Passport Fraud

BOSTON – A Leominster man was indicted today in federal court in Boston for passport fraud.

“John Doe,” whose true identity and age are presently unknown, and whose last known address was in Leominster, was indicted on one count of making false statements in a passport application. On April 4, 2018, “Doe” was arrested on a criminal complaint and has been in custody since.

It is alleged that in December 2011, “Doe” entered a Jamaica Plain post office and used the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of a United States citizen from Puerto Rico to apply for a United States passport.

The charge of passport fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. 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 and William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra S. Bower and Lauren A. Graber of Lelling’s Criminal Division are prosecuting this case.

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

Updated April 26, 2018