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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Canadian Woman With Multiple Identites Sentenced Formaking False Statements

BUFFALO N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Elizabeth Reid, a/k/a Elizabeth Rodriguez, a/k/a Elizabeth Ortiz, 31, an alien from Canada, who was convicted of making a false statement, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who handled the case, stated that on July 2, 2013, the defendant was arrested by United States Border Patrol after officers received a tip that Reid was living in the United States illegally. The defendant, at the time of her arrest, falsely represented to officers that she was not Elizabeth Reid but rather Elizabeth Ortiz. Reid presented as proof a fraudulent California birth certificate in the name of Elizabeth Ortiz. Officers entered the defendant’s fingerprints into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System which revealed the Reid’s true identity. The system also revealed that the defendant used Elizabeth Rodriquez as another identity.   

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the United States Border Patrol, under the supervision of Patrol Agent in Charge Tom Pocorobba, Jr.

Updated November 18, 2014