SAN FRANCISCO – Federal authorities continue to devote resources to investigating and prosecuting federal passport offenses, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch and U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent in Charge Matthew Perlman.
The below listed defendants are part of more than 300 Bay Area residents who have been charged with false passport-related offenses since 2007. Illustrative of the cases being pursued are the following seven cases, each of which involves a defendant accused or convicted of misrepresenting their identity on applications for United States passports or committing related offenses in violation of either 18 U.S.C. § 1542, pertaining to making false statements on an application for a passport, or 18 U.S.C. § 1028, pertaining to fraud in connection with identification documents: