Haitian National Sentenced For Aggravated Identity Theft
Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp has sentenced Alain Nezius (36, Orlando) to two years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft. Nezius had pleaded guilty on January 29, 2019.
According to court documents, in 2007, Nezius was deported to Haiti following multiple convictions for possession of cocaine, delivery of cocaine, and possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver it. He illegally returned to the United States after being deported and has a current outstanding order of removal with the Department of Homeland Security.
After illegally reentering the United States, Nezius assumed his deceased brother’s identity and obtained a Florida driver license in his brother’s name. On April 17, 2018, Nezius attached and submitted his own photo with an application to renew his brother’s U.S. passport. The U.S. Department of State recognized that the alleged passport applicant was deceased and that the submitted photograph did not match the previous photographs associated with the passport. On the passport application, Nezius represented himself to be his deceased brother, who was a naturalized U.S. citizen.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations as part of Homeland Security Investigation’s Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Bayliss, on assignment from the Office of Principal Legal Advisor, ICE.