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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dominican Man Sentenced After Pleading Guilty To Misrepresenting A Social Security Number And Falsely Claiming To Be A U.S. Citizen

            CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE –United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced today that Alberto Martinez, of the Dominican Republic pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment charging him with misrepresenting a social security number and falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen.  He was sentenced to time served.

            On November 5, 2015, the defendant attempted to renew a New Hampshire driver’s license that he had acquired under a false identity in which he used a social security number that was not assigned to him.  When a New Hampshire State Trooper began questioning him, Martinez claimed to be a United States Citizen born in Puerto Rico.  Martinez had completed a license renewal form on which he affirmatively stated that he was a United States Citizen.

            Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrived to assist the New Hampshire State Police.  After the defendant was informed that ICE intended to take his fingerprints for comparison to known fingerprints maintained by ICE, the defendant admitted that his true name was Alberto Martinez, that he is a citizen of the Dominican Republic born in the Dominican Republic in August 1965, and he stated he illegally entered the United States in 2009 by walking across the United States border with Mexico.

            ICE officers proceeded to fingerprint the defendant.  IAFIS indicated that the fingerprint impressions submitted were an exact match to a defendant with a criminal history in Massachusetts under the false name the defendant had been using.

            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 prosecuted this case.

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Updated June 21, 2016