Massachusetts Man Sentenced for Fraud and Collecting Section 8 Housing Funds

Date: 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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Press Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, here

BOSTON – A Dominican national living in Medway was sentenced today for fraudulently receiving more than $120,000 in federal housing funds and identity fraud.

Samuel Stalin Lebreault Feliz, a/k/a Antonio Jose Rodriguez Rodriguez, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 33 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and $121,077 in restitution. In February 2014, Feliz was convicted following a four-day jury trial of two counts of passport fraud, false representations to the Social Security Administration, and theft of public money.

During a ten year period, Feliz used numerous false identities and made repeated false representations including: pretending to be a US citizen; claiming to be a Venezuelan seeking political asylum in the United States; petitioning to be allowed to stay in the United States because he supposedly was a victim of domestic violence; applying for, and receiving, over $120,000 in Section 8 housing benefits to which he was not entitled.

Throughout this period, Feliz was actually a citizen of the Dominican Republic with no legal status in the United States.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; David W. Hall, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Boston Field Office; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Office; and Christina Scaringi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General, Northeast Regional Office, made the announcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Carlos A. López and David G. Tobin of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.