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Rochester Woman Sentenced For False Passport Application

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that Jennifer Gilbert, 47, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of fraudulently obtaining a U.S. Passport by making false statements in the passport application, was sentenced to five years probation to include six months home detention by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. The defendant will also have to perform 100 hours of community service.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who handled the matter, stated that Gilbert applied for a passport in 2007 using the name and identification of another individual, Lena B.W.  Years later, in May 2014, Lena B.W. applied for a passport for herself. Lena B.W.’s application triggered a review of the 2007 application that defendant had submitted, and resulted in defendant’s fraud being discovered.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents from the United States Department of State, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge William Ferrari.

Updated July 9, 2015