Massachusetts Man Pleads in ID Theft, Social Security Fraud Case

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BOSTON – A Lawrence man who has been living under a false identity pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to charges arising from his use of the name and Social Security number of a U.S. citizen.

An individual referred to as “John Doe” pleaded guilty to false representation of a Social Security number, making a false statement concerning a health care benefit program and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for Sept. 30, 2021. Doe was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2020.

Beginning in approximately 2014, Doe used the identity of a U.S. citizen to apply for MassHealth benefits and Massachusetts identification documents, among other things. Between approximately 2014 and 2018, Doe received approximately $25,081 in MassHealth benefits that he was not entitled to.

The charges of false representation of a Social Security number and making a false statement concerning a health care benefit program each provide for a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to 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 consecutively to any other sentence imposed. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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Larry is the Publisher of the Midnight Report, CEO of World Crime Media, and Owner of Justice Broadcasting and KAOS101FM.com He also served 10 years in Federal Prison at 11 different correctional facilities and is the Founder of Wall Street and Pink Lady Prison Consultants. Larry is a frequent On Air contributor to CNN, HLN, Fox News, Inside Edition, Court TV, and WGN America discussing Criminal Justice Related Matters.

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