Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return of an indictment charging Francisco Javier Aguilar Canales, a/k/a Javier Francisco Aguilar Canales (31, Hull, Georgia), with aggravated identity theft and use of a fraudulently obtained United States passport. If convicted, Aguilar Canales faces a maximum penalty of 12 years in federal prison.
According to the indictment, Aguilar Canales used someone else’s name and birthdate to obtain a United States passport. Thereafter, he used that passport, even though he knew that it had been fraudulently obtained.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily C. L. Chang.