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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 20, 2015

Colombian Man Sentenced For False Claims Of U.S. Citizenship And Aggravated Identity Theft

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today sentenced Jaime Tovar-Montoya to three years and three months in federal prison for falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen and aggravated identity theft.  A federal jury found him guilty of the charges on April 22, 2015.

According to court documents, in 2010, Tovar, a citizen of Colombia, applied for and received a Florida Identification Card. In his application, he claimed that he was a U.S. citizen and used the name and birth certificate of a resident of Puerto Rico. Later that year, Tover used the identification card as proof of identity to apply for a U.S. passport. He again claimed to be a U.S. citizen and used the same name, birth date, and Social Security of the resident of Puerto Rico.

Under federal law, a person who uses a means of identification of another person without lawful authority in order to commit another felony offense is guilty of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory two year sentence in addition to any other sentence received.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce S. Ambrose.

Topic(s): 
Identity Theft
Immigration
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Updated February 4, 2016