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BOSTON – Five men have been charged in federal court in Boston as the result of a federal investigation targeting document and benefit fraud.

The following individuals have each been charged with aggravated identity theft and false representation of a Social Security number, and one has also been charged with making a false statement relating to a federal health care program:

1. Raymer Alfredo Soto Mareta, 28, a Dominican national residing in Lynn. Soto Moreta is charged with using the identification of another person to obtain a Massachusetts driver’s license. Soto Mareta also used this stolen identity to obtain MassHealth benefits, Social Security benefits and to apply for unemployment benefits.

2. Reynold Pereyra Diaz, 38, a Dominican national residing in Taunton. Pereyra Diaz is charged with using the identification of another person to obtain a Massachusetts driver’s license. Pereyra Diaz also used this stolen identity to obtain MassHealth benefits and to finance a vehicle costing more than $48,000.

3. Yohnny Peguero Villalona, 33, a Dominican national residing in Lynn. Peguero Villalona is charged with using the identification of another person to obtain a Massachusetts driver’s license. Peguero Villalona, also used this stolen identity to obtain MassHealth benefits

4. Roberto Melo Guerrero, 39, a Dominican national residing in Lawrence. Melo Guerrero is charged with using the identification of another person to obtain a Massachusetts driver’s license and to obtain MassHealth benefits.

5. Hector Antonio Cruz Ciprian, 31, a Dominican national residing in Lowell. Cruz Ciprian is charged with using the identification of another person to obtain a Massachusetts driver’s license.

Soto Mareta, Pereyra Diaz, and Peguero Villalona were arrested today on criminal complaints and appeared in federal court in Boston. Melo Guerrero and Cruz Ciprian are currently in state custody on unrelated charges, and will be transported to federal court at a later date.

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