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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Virgin Islands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Trinidad Woman Arrested On Charges Of Aggravated Identity Theft

St. Croix, USVI – Ameena Ali, 39, of Trinidad, was arrested after a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against her on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, charging her with making a false statement in an application for a passport and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced today. On Wednesday March 18, 2015, Ali made her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cannon in district court. She was released pending trial.

If convicted of making a false statement as charged, Ali faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of aggravated identity theft, she faces a mandatory two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The two-count indictment is the result of months of investigative work by the United States Department of State Diplomatic Security Service. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rami S. Badawy.

An indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Updated June 22, 2015