Dominican National Sentenced For Social Security Fraud And Identity Theft

Date: 
Thursday, August 8, 2019
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts:

BOSTON – A Dominican national residing in Lawrence was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Ulises Mota Carmona, 36, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel to two years and one day in prison. He will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. Mota Carmona was arrested and charged in a July 2018 federal law enforcement sweep of 25 individuals accused of document and benefit fraud.

Dubbed “Double Trouble,” the investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigation’s Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF), comprised of local, state and federal agencies with expertise in detecting, deterring and disrupting organizations and individuals involved in various types of document, identity and benefit fraud schemes. 

On Aug. 5, 2015, Mota Carmona applied for a learner’s permit with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles using the name and Social Security number of a U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico. He presented a birth certificate and Social Security card in the other person’s name to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles as proof of his identity. Mota Carmona also used the name and Social Security number of a U.S. citizen to receive MassHealth benefits.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Jason Molina, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Phillip Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division; Christina Scaringi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Regional Office; Michael Mikulka, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations; William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office; Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump made the announcement. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.