BOSTON – A Dominican national was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Boston in connection with fraudulently using the identity of a U.S. citizen.
Alexander Villalona Diaz, 34, a Dominican national previously residing in Lawrence, was indicted on one count of false representation of a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft. Villalona Diaz was arrested and charged by complaint on Sept. 2, 2020.
According to the indictment, Villalona Diaz fraudulently used a Social Security number that was not his when applying for a learner’s permit and driver’s license with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles in 2016.
This case is part of operation Double Trouble – an investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigation’s Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF), comprised of local, state and federal agencies with expertise in detecting, deterring and disrupting organizations and individuals involved in various types of document, identity and benefit fraud schemes.
The charge of false representation 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 $250,000. The charge of aggravated identity theft provides for a mandatory sentence of two years in prison to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.