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Saugerties Man Sentenced for Aggravated Identity Theft and Passport Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
He Assumed Identity of Another to Obtain a U.S. Passport

ALBANY, NEW YORK – John Staccio, 68, of Saugerties, New York, was sentenced today to serve 25 months in prison to be followed by a one-year term of supervised release, a $500 fine and a $200 special assessment in connection with his convictions for aggravated identity theft and passport fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Grant. C. Jaquith and Wendy Bashnan, Special Agent-In-Charge, New York Field Office of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service.

As part of his October 12, 2016 guilty plea, Staccio admitted that in 1990 and in 2011, he applied for and received a United States passport using the name, date of birth, and social security number of another person, without his knowledge or consent. Staccio used the passport and resided abroad for approximately 25 years until being apprehended in 2016.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Solomon Shinerock and Special Assistant United States Attorney Jason White.

Updated August 30, 2017

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