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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mexican National Charged With Passport Fraud

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Leticia Corona Salazar, age 39, a Mexican national, was indicted for committing passport fraud.  The indictment was returned on March 17, 2015, but remained under seal until her apprehension on May 24, 2018.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Salazar  provided false information in an attempt to obtain a United States passport on May 29, 2008. The indictment also alleges that Salazar provided a false name, date of birth, and social security number in the passport application.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorneys William Houser and Phillip J. Caraballo are prosecuting the case.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law for the charge is up to 10 years of imprisonment.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated May 30, 2018