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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Woman From Dominican Republic Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For Using Phony Passport To Re-Enter United States

NEWARK, N.J. – A citizen of the Dominican Republic was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for several crimes related to her effort to re-enter the United States with a phony passport, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Angela De Jesus-Concepcion, 36, of Bergenfield, New Jersey, was previously convicted of all three counts of the indictment against her: false claim of U.S. citizenship, use of a U.S. passport obtained by false statement and aggravated identity theft. She was convicted following a one week trial before U.S. District Judge William Walls, who imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

On March 17, 2012, De Jesus-Concepcion attempted to enter the United States at Newark Airport from the Dominican Republic. At CBP passenger processing she presented a United States passport bearing the name of an identity theft victim and De Jesus-Concepcion’s photograph. She also filled out a customs declaration using the victim’s name and the number of the passport that she was carrying. Customs and Border Protection conducted a secondary inspection and found a New Jersey driver’s license bearing the victim’s name and De Jesus-Concepcion’s photograph along with a Visa debit card in De Jesus-Concepcion’s own name. At trial, it was proven that the passport being carried by De Jesus-Concepcion had been obtained using an earlier version of the New Jersey driver’s license bearing the victim’s name and De Jesus-Concepcion’s photograph and a replacement naturalization certificate, also bearing the victim’s name and De Jesus-Concepcion’s photograph.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Walls sentenced De Jesus-Concepcion to serve three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited enforcement officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, under the leadership of Robert E. Perez, director of New York Field Operations, for the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, for its investigation.

The government is represented Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sara F. Merin of the General Crimes Unit and Shirley U. Emehelu of the Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

Defense counsel: Kathleen Theurer Esq., Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Press Release Number: 
15-281
Updated July 21, 2015