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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Guyana citizen pleads guilty to falsifying an application for a U.S. passport

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Joseph Fedrick, 42, of Guyana pled guilty to falsifying an application for a U.S. passport in federal court today, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Fedrick executed an application for a United States passport in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Within the application, Fedrick attempted to use a false social security number with the intent to secure the passport fraudulently.

He pled guilty to one count of “False Statement in Application for Passport. He faces up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, that actual sentenced imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn M. Adkins prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Department of the State Diplomatic Security Service and the United States Department of Homeland Security investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Trumble presided.

Updated November 1, 2016