From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts:
Boston – A Dominican national was indicted yesterday in federal court in Boston on Social Security fraud and identity theft charges.
Rafael Aguasviva Peralta, 31, was indicted on one count of misuse of a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft.
The indictment alleges that, on Nov.19, 2013, Aguasviva Peralta falsely represented that a Social Security number was his own, when it was not.
The charge of misuse of a Social Security number provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year sentence that must run consecutively to any other sentence, one year 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; Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra S. Bower of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.