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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Holland Man Charged With Identity Theft And Making False Statements

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced an indictment was filed against Wael Ahmed Hageali, age 44, of Holland, Ohio.   

The indictment charges Hageali with making a false statement on a passport application on March 17, 2014 and aggravated identity theft.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, and the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The investigating agency in this case is the Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Noah P. Hood.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 12, 2015