BOSTON – A man whose true identity is unknown and who has been residing in Dorchester has been indicted for mail fraud, false statement in a passport application, misuse of a social security number and aggravated identity theft.
According to the charging documents, the defendant – referred to as John Doe – submitted an application for a passport using the name, date of birth and Social Security number of a victim. The passport was issued to John Doe. John Doe also used the victim’s name, date of birth and Social Security number to successfully apply for a Massachusetts driver’s license.
John Doe then allegedly used the victim’s identity to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and received over $6,000 in PUA funds.
According to court documents, the victim has suffered garnishment of his wages for child support costs that John Doe has failed to pay.
The charge of misuse of a social security number provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of false statement in a passport application provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The charges of mail fraud and wire fraud provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of aggravated identity theft calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison to be added to the felony committed while using the means of identification of another without lawful authority. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Michael J. Krol, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New England made the announcement. The investigation was conducted by HSI’s Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force, a specialized investigative group comprising personnel from various state, local and federal agencies with expertise in detecting, deterring and disrupting organizations and individuals involved in various types of document, identity and benefit fraud schemes. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian J. Sullivan of the Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.