Acting U.S. Attorney Leary Warns About Fraudsters Stealing Personal Information And Claiming COVID-19 Benefits Using Fake Websites
VALDOSTA: Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announces that on July 12, 2018, Frederico Pimentel Perez, age 62, a citizen of Mexico, most recently from Omega, Georgia, pled guilty before Senior United States District Court Judge Hugh Lawson in Valdosta to Making a False Statement in an Application for a Passport.
At his guilty plea hearing, Mr. Perez admitted that he fraudulently obtained a U.S. Passport and Social Security benefits using the identity of another individual.
Judge Lawson accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Mr. Perez to time served and ordered him to make restitution to the Social Security Administration in the amount of $87,436.50.
The case was investigated by the United States Diplomatic Security Service, the Fraud Prevention Unit at the United States Embassy in Mexico City and the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Julia C. Bowen is prosecuting the case for the United States.
Questions concerning this case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.