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Individual Wanted For Capital Murder In Alabama Sentenced To Two Years In Federal Prison For Aggravated Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Puerto Rico
U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, San Juan Resident Office was in charge of the arrest and investigation of the defendant

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On December 20, 2019, United States District Court Chief Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí sentenced David Anthony Pike to two years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. Pike is wanted for capital murder in the state of Alabama.

On January 30, 2019, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned an indictment against David Anthony Pike who was living under the name of Stephen Williamson Varner, charging Pike with willfully and knowingly making false statements in a U.S. Passport Renewal Application, mail fraud, misuse of social security number, aggravated identity theft, and false statement of representation made to a department or agency of the United States. On September 12, 2019, Pike plead guilty to the aggravated identity theft charge, which requires a mandatory sentence of two years in prison.

According to the charging documents, on December 7, 2018, Pike executed a U.S. Passport Renewal Application under the name Stephen Williamson Varner. Due to inconsistencies and fraud indicators in the passport renewal form, including a finding of a death record for a Stephen Williamson Varner, born and deceased at the early age of 22 months in the State of Alabama; the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs referred the suspicious application to the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) for investigation. During the course of the investigation conducted by DSS, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General, agents confirmed that the individual pretending to be Stephen Williamson Varner was in fact David Anthony Pike, a fugitive wanted since 1985 in Chambers County, Alabama, for capital murder charges (a death penalty eligible offense).

“We are pleased at the outcome of this case,” said Norman E. Ramirez-Seda, DSS resident agent in charge in San Juan. “The Diplomatic Security Service values our partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies around the world to prevent and jointly combat U.S. passport and visa fraud. Deterring, detecting, and investigating U.S. passport and visa fraud is not only essential to safeguarding our national security but also in bringing fugitives like Mr. Pike to justice.”

“The teamwork between DSS and the federal law enforcement agencies which collaborated in this investigation, led to the arrest of this dangerous fugitive. We commend the work and dedication of all the agents who turned this passport fraud investigation into the capture of someone who had been running from justice for over 30 years,” said U.S. Attorney Muldrow.

Assistant United States Attorney Vanessa D. Bonano-Rodríguez was in charge of the prosecution of the case.

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Updated December 23, 2019

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