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Oxford Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds and Misuse of a Social Security Number

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

BOSTON – An Oxford man pleaded guilty on Feb. 2, 2023 in federal court in Worcester to using another individual’s name and Social Security number to fraudulently obtain a federal tax refund and a Massachusetts driver’s license. 

Richard Diaz-Montero, a/k/a John Doe, 44, pleaded guilty to false representation of a Social Security number and theft of government funds. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for March 1, 2023. Diaz-Montero was charged in August 2020. 

In 2016, Diaz-Montero filed a fraudulent tax return in the name of another person name and, in March 2016, cashed a federal income tax refund fraudulently issued in the other individual’s name. Two years later, in May 2018, Diaz-Montero used the Social Security number of that same person to apply for and obtain a Massachusetts driver’s license.

The charge of false representation of a social security number provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of theft of government funds provides for a sentence of up to 10 years, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New England; Joleen D. Simpson, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston; and Sutton Police Chief Dennis J. Towle made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Rollins’s Criminal Division in prosecuting the case.   

Updated February 8, 2023