St. Croix Man Sentenced to 24 Months’ Imprisonment for Wire Fraud
St. Croix, USVI – On September 2, 2016, District Court Chief Judge Wilma A. Lewis sentenced Miguel Esperanza-Vasquez, 60, to 24 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for wire fraud, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. Chief Judge Lewis ordered Esperanza-Vasquez to pay restitution in the amount of $27,120 and a $100 special assessment fee.
On February 11, 2016, Esperanza-Vasquez pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. As set forth in the plea agreement filed with the Court, Esperanza-Vasquez had no connection with any law enforcement or administrative agency concerned with immigration matters, yet he held himself out to be in a position to materially influence whether an undocumented immigrant could remain in the United States. As part of a scheme to defraud, Esperanza-Vazquez used his purported position to obtain money from the undocumented immigrant that he was not entitled to receive. Specifically, on May 12, 2013, as part of this scheme, Esperanza-Vazquez caused a Western Union money order to be sent by wire in interstate commerce from Houston, Texas, to St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith J. Edwards.