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GALVESTON, Texas – A former ship captain for Majestic Ventures, Majestic Dinner Cruises and Majestic Yacht Charters dinner cruise lines has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of aggravated identity theft and making false statements in a passport application, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez along with Special Agent in Charge Michael Perkins of the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and Captain Kevin Oditt, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston.

Cynthia Lyerla, 53, of League City, pleaded guilty March 30, 2017.

Today, U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks ordered she serve 12 months for the false statements in a passport application as well as a mandatory 24 months for the aggravated identity theft which must be served consecutively. The total 36-month-term will be immediately followed by one year of supervised release.

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