BOSTON – A Dominican national residing in Hyde Park was arrested yesterday on charges of aggravated identity theft and misuse of a passport.
Yris Sanchez, 48, was charged by a complaint with one count of misuse of a passport and one count of aggravated identity theft. Following an initial appearance, Sanchez was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Jan. 10, 2020.
According to court documents, Sanchez used the name and Social Security number of a U.S. citizen to apply for and use various U.S. Passports and at least one Massachusetts REAL ID driver’s license. Sanchez also used this person’s identifiers to apply for and use accounts with various banks, including Citizens Bank and Santander. In addition, Sanchez also used a different identity to obtain another U.S. Passport. Sanchez has previously been arrested under multiple identities.
The charge of misuse of a passport provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of aggravated identity theft provides for a mandatory two year sentence to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, 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.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely, Deputy Chief of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit, is prosecuting the case.