Former City Of Nashua Volunteer Charged With Fraudulent Use Of Social Security Number
CONCORD, N.H. – Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today that Dana Michelle Lawrence, 43, of Nashua has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with fraudulent use of a social security number.
According to court documents, in 2006, Lawrence was sentenced in a Rhode Island state court to a one-year period of incarceration followed by nine years of probation for a theft offense. Shortly after Lawrence completed the prison sentence, she absconded from supervision and a warrant was issued for her arrest. In November 2016, Lawrence, using the alias “Genevieve Kaplan,” began working as a volunteer for the City of Nashua, preparing grant applications. On May 7, 2017, the Nashua Police Department (NPD) and FBI were told that “Kaplan” tried to obtain routing numbers and account numbers for bank accounts that belonged to the City.
While investigating the matter, the NPD and FBI obtained a copy of a lease application that “Kaplan” had used to rent an apartment in Nashua. On the application, “Kaplan” used a different first name, “Genna,” and a social security number assigned to another person. searching “Kaplan’s” Nashua apartment, the NPD and FBI found documents that contained different names, addresses, dates of births, and social security numbers.
On May 11, Lawrence was arrested and charged in state court with Identity Fraud, a felony under state law.
If convicted, Lawrence faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The charges and allegations contained in an indictment are merely accusations. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation, which is ongoing, has been conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Inspector General of the Social Security Administration, and the Nashua Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Robert Kinsella and Anna Dronzek are prosecuting the case.