BOSTON – A Dominican national residing in Salem was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for Social Security fraud.
Romulo Alvarez Reyes, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to 12 months and one day in prison. Alvarez Reyes will face deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. Alvarez Reyes previously pleaded guilty to one count of false representation of a Social Security number. He was arrested and charged as part of a 2018 federal law enforcement sweep of 25 individuals accused of document and benefit fraud.
Dubbed “Double Trouble,” the July 2018 investigation was 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.
On Nov. 19, 2014, Alvarez Reyes, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, applied for a Massachusetts identification card using the name and Social Security number of a Puerto Rican citizen. He presented a Puerto Rican birth certificate and a Social Security card in the other person’s name to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles as proof of his identity. Based on the application and supporting identity documents, Alvarez Reyes was issued an identification card in the name of the Puerto Rican citizen.