Jamaican National Sentenced to 26 Months in Prison for Social Security Number Misuse and Identity Theft

Date: 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts:

BOSTON – A Jamaican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for misuse of a Social Security number and aggravated identity theft.

Basil Ledgister, 41, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel to 26 months in prison. In May 2018, Ledgister pleaded guilty to one count of misuse of a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft.

In January 2015, Ledgister falsely represented that a Social Security number belonging to another person was his in an application for a license at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Ledgister committed aggravated identity theft by using the Social Security number of another person in committing the crime of false representation of a Social Security number.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; William B. Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Boston Field Office; Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General; and Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Richardson of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.