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U.S. v. Wemerson Dutra Aguiar and U.S. v. Priscila Barbosa, et al.

Dockets: 21-cr-10158-JGD; 21-MJ-05202-JGD

Nineteen Brazilian nationals were charged with engaging in a nationwide conspiracy to set up fraudulent driver accounts with multiple rideshare and delivery service companies using stolen identities, and to rent or sell those accounts to drivers who might not otherwise qualify to drive for those services.

The alleged scheme also involved using the fraudulent accounts to exploit the company’s referral bonus programs, and using automated “bots” and GPS spoofing technology to increase the income earned from the fraudulent driver accounts. The government estimates that more than 2,000 victims’ identities were stolen and used as part of the scheme.

Victims

If you would like to determine whether a 1099 has been issued to your name, you may utilize the IRS webpage, https://www.irs.gov/individuals/transcript-types-and-ways-to-order-them, to order a Wage and Income Transcript of documents that identify whether a 1099 has been issued in your name.  If you have received a 1099 from an unknown employer, please review the IRS webpage for instructions- https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/employment-related-identity-theft

If you have questions related to being identified as a victim in this case, please send an email to USAMA.VictimAssistance@usdoj.gov and provide your name and best contact information and a member of the Victim Witness Unit will contact you.

Case Status

Information on court proceedings will be updated on this page as it becomes available to the public.

Defendant Last known residence Charges Status
Wemerson Dutra Aquiar Lynn, Mass.; Woburn, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft 

Sentencing 5/10/2022 2:00 pm

Priscila Barbosa Saugus, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft 

Sentencing 8/4/2022 1:30 pm

Edvaldo Rocha Cabral Lowell, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft  Sentencing 6/15/2022 1:30 pm
Clovis Placido Citrus Heights, Calif. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft 

Status hearing 4/28/2022 10:00 am

Guilherme De Silveira Revere, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud Sentencing 8/4/2022 1:30 pm
Thiago De Souza Prado Revere, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft  Status hearing 4/28/2022 10:00 am
Luiz Narciso Alves Neto Revere, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft  Status hearing 4/28/2022 10:00 am
Flavio Candido Da Silva Revere, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud Sentencing cancelled.  New date to issue.
Altacyr Dias Guimaraes Neto Kissimmee, Fla. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft  Status hearing 4/28/2022 10:00 am
Itallo Felipe Pereira De Sousa Correa Daly City, Calif. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft  Status hearing 4/28/2022 10:00 am
Julio Vieira Braga Daly City, Calif. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft  Sentencing 6/15/2022 1:30 pm
Philipe Do Amaral Pereira Hercules, Calif. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft  Status hearing 4/28/2022 10:00 am
Bruno Pronecio Abreu Saugus, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft  Status hearing 4/28/2022 10:00 am
Alessandro Felix Da Fonseca Revere, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft  Status hearing 4/28/2022 10:00 am
Saulo Aquiar Ponciano Wheeling, Ill. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft  Status hearing 4/28/2022 10:00 am
Bruna Peixoto Colaço Ramos Burlington, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft 

Status hearing 11/29/2021 10:00 am

Oliver Felipe Gomes De Oliveira Shrewsbury, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft 

Status hearing 11/29/2021 10:00 am

Waldemy Jorge Lima Wanderley Junior Watertown, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud; Aggravated identity theft 

Status hearing 11/29/2021 10:00 am

Jordano Augusto Lima Guimaraes Salem, Mass. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud  

 

Advisory

The United States Attorney’s Office would like to advise that you are not required to allow a delivery person to take a picture of your identification if you have alcohol delivered. While delivery drivers may be required to verify your age, it is not a requirement that they take a photograph of the front of your license or identification in order for you to receive the delivery. Please be sure to review the individual store’s policies for delivery and contact the company you ordered from if you believe that your delivery did not occur as you expected.

You can learn more about ways to prevent identity theft at identitytheft.gov.

Updated April 12, 2022

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