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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nevada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Belizean National Sentenced For Using Counterfeit Immigration And Social Security Cards At Nevada DMV

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A Belize citizen, who was unlawfully in the United States, was sentenced today to three years and one month in prison for using a fraudulent United States Permanent Resident Card and a fake Social Security card while applying for a "Real ID" identification card at a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles office.

According to court documents, on October 1, 2020, Rickon Amyon Wade, aka “Ricky Wade,” 35, attempted to obtain a Nevada Real ID identification card at a DMV office in Henderson. Wade presented a counterfeit United States Permanent Resident Card and counterfeit Social Security card — bearing Wade’s name and a Social Security number not assigned to him — as identification. Wade had obtained the fraudulent immigration and Social Security cards from a counterfeit document vendor in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro sentenced Wade to three years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada, Special Agent in Charge Francisco Burrola for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Inspector General Gail S. Ennis for the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General (SSA OIG) made the announcement.

The case was investigated by HSI and the SSA OIG after referral by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles Compliance Enforcement Division. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kimberly Frayn and Jessica Oliva prosecuted the case.

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Updated July 1, 2021