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BOSTON – A Salvadoran national residing in Worcester was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Worcester for passport fraud.

Neemias Pacheco-Santamaria, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 13 months in prison and will face deportation upon completion of his sentence. Pacheco-Santamaria pleaded guilty in June 2019 to knowingly making false statements in applying for a U.S. passport.

In July 2018 Pacheco-Santamaria entered a Worcester Post Office and falsely used the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of a United States citizen from Puerto Rico to apply for a United States Passport.

The charge of passport fraud provides for a sentence of up to10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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