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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Dominican Man Pleads Guilty To Misrepresenting A Social Security Number

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE –United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced today that Alberto Martinez, of the Dominican Republic, has pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment alleging that he misrepresented a social security number and falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen while attempting to get a New Hampshire driver’s license.

            On November 5, 2015, a New Hampshire State Trooper requested assistance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ICE-ERO) in identifying an individual who was attempting to renew a New Hampshire driver’s license.

            The individual initially claimed to be a United States Citizen born in Puerto Rico.  He had filled out and signed a renewal application on which he had entered a social security number which had not been assigned to him and had answered “yes” to the question “Are you a United States citizen?”

            ICE-ERO agents informed the defendant that they intended to submit his fingerprints to the Department of Homeland Security’s Integrated Automated Biometric Identification System (IAFIS) and the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) for comparison to FBI and ICE databases.  Before being fingerprinted, the defendant admitted that his true name was Alberto Martinez, that he was born in the Dominican Republic and is a citizen of the country, and that he illegally entered the United States about six years earlier by walking across the United States border with Mexico. 

            Martinez will be sentenced at 10:00 AM on June 20, 2016, and will be deported after serving his sentence.

            The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the New Hampshire State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alfred Rubega is prosecuting this case.

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Updated March 3, 2016