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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Man Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Using Another Person's Identity On U.S. Passport Application

RENO Nev. – A man unlawfully in the United States who used another man’s personal identifying information on his U.S. passport application was sentenced to two years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Matthew Perlman of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) San Francisco Field Office. 

Alberto Jacinto-Rios, aka Manuel Lorenzo Diaz, 46, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben. Following his prison sentence, Jacinto-Rios will be deported from the United States. He pleaded guilty in April 2018 to one count of aggravated identity theft.

On March 6, 2017, Jacinto-Rios applied for a U.S. passport at the University of Nevada, Reno using the name, date of birth, Social Security number, and birth certificate of a U.S. citizen. He provided the passport acceptance agent with a California birth certificate and a Nevada Identification Card, both in the name of the other. The passport application was referred to DSS because a passport and passport card had been previously issued. Jacinto-Rios was positively identified as the fraudulent passport applicant through photographs. He was arrested on the same day he was indicted in December of 2017.

The case was investigated by DSS. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian L. Sullivan prosecuted the case.

If you are aware of, or have been a victim of, fraud or fraudulently issued U.S. passports, contact PassportVisaFraud@state.gov.

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Identity Theft
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Updated July 17, 2018