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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 16, 2021

Northern Nevada Man Convicted Of Passport Fraud

RENO – A federal jury convicted a northern Nevada man yesterday of making false statements on his U.S. passport application.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on February 27, 2018, William Phillip Neidinger (60), also known as William Joseph Beck III, provided a false birthdate, place of birth, and Social Security number on his U.S. passport application.

U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben presided over the three-day jury trial. Neidinger was found guilty of one count of false statements in application for a U.S. passport. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 15, 2022, and faces a statutory maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Latent Print Unit, U.S. Marshals Service, California Department of Health Care Services, Placer County California Health and Human Services, Nevada Department of Welfare and Social Services, Placer County District Attorney’s Investigators, Colusa-Sutter-Yolo Regional Child Support Agency (CA), and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (Naval Air Station Fallon). Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randolph St. Clair and Richard Casper are prosecuting the case.

If you are aware of fraud associated with a U.S. passport application, please contact PassportVisaFraud@state.gov.

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Updated December 16, 2021