Individual Arrested for Mail Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico– On Thursday, June 23, 2016, William Delgado-Torres, a resident of Ponce, Puerto Rico was arrested by agents of the United States Postal Inspectors Office pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by the Hon. Camille Vélez Rivé, Magistrate Judge for United States District Court for Puerto Rico under Crim. Case Number 16-395 (DRD). Delgado-Torres was charged with six counts of mail fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft as a result of an investigation conducted by the United States Secret Service in Puerto Rico with the support and assistance of the Puerto Rico Police Department and the United States Postal Inspectors Office.
The Indictment alleges that while working as a Vehicle Inspections Maintenance Manager for Waste Management of Puerto Rico, Inc., Delgado-Torres devised a fraudulent scheme through which he submitted hundreds of false invoices to his employer from 2003 through 2012 in order to procure approximately $636,693.91 through false representations. The false invoices were submitted by Delgado-Torres after assuming the identity of a private individual. Once the checks issued to pay the false invoices were mailed from Waste Management’s headquarters in Texas to an address in Puerto Rico, Delgado Torres would take possession of the checks and cash them assuming the victim’s identity.
Delgado Torres is exposed to a sentence of imprisonment of not more than 20 years for the mail fraud charges and a mandatory consecutive sentence of at least two years for the aggravated identity theft charges. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dennise N. Longo Quiñones.
Indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. The investigation is ongoing.