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Massachusetts Man Convicted Of Making False Statements In U.S. Passport Application


Press Statement
Boston, MA
October 1, 2009

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U.S. Department of Justice
Acting United States Attorney Michael K. Loucks
District of Massachusetts

A Lawrence, Massachusetts man was convicted today in federal court of making false statements in an application for a United States Passport.

Acting United States Attorney Michael K. Loucks and James Ennis, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service announced that ELVIN SANTIAGO, a/k/a FELIPE BATISTA, a/k/a EDWARD SANTIAGO, a/k/a EDWIN SANTOS FIGUEROA, age 39, of Lawrence, MA, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris to one count of making false statements in an application for a United States Passport.

At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven that on February 22, 2007, SANTIAGO applied for a US passport using a false name and providing other false information, including a false date of birth, false social security number and a false Puerto Rican birth certificate. The person whose identity was used by SANTIAGO was located and confirmed that he had not applied for the US passport.

Judge Saris scheduled sentencing for January 4, 2010. SANTIAGO faces a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment; to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antoinette E.M. Leoney in Loucks’ Major Crimes Unit.

Contact:
CHRISTINA DiIORIO-STERLING
October 1, 2009 PHONE: (617)748-3356
USAMA.MEDIA@USDOJ.GOV



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