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Oxford Man Sentenced for Stealing Government Funds and Misusing Social Security Number

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

BOSTON – A Oxford man has been sentenced in federal court in Worcester for false representation of a Social Security number and theft of government funds.  

Richard Diaz-Montero, a/k/a John Doe, 44, was sentenced on March 1, 2023 by U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni to 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Diaz-Montero was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $39,698 to the Internal Revenue Service. 

In March 2016, Diaz-Montero cashed a federal income tax refund in the name of another person he fraudulently filed for earlier that year. Two years later, in May 2018, Diaz-Montero used the Social Security number of that same person to apply for a Massachusetts driver’s license, which was ultimately issued to Diaz-Montero.  

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 today. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Rollins’ Criminal Division prosecuted the case.   

Updated March 6, 2023