July 14, 2004 – A federal grand jury sitting on St. Croix handed up an indictment on Tuesday charging an individual with two separate attempts at obtaining a U.S. Passport fraudulently.
The target of the indictment, a "person claiming to be Gilbert Torres Rey," was arrested on a warrant issued by the District Court of the Virgin Islands following his arrest in Massachusetts on unrelated matters, a release issued on Wednesday by U.S. District Attorney David Nissman stated.
The release did not identify the accused individual by name or say where the fraud is alleged to have occurred. It also did not say whether the accused is currently in the territory.
The indictment charges that the person representing himself as Torres Rey made false statements as to his name and date of birth on two passport applications and listed a Social Security number assigned to someone else. Also, it said, the defendant "possessed an identification document other than one issued lawfully" that was meant to be used to defraud the U.S. government.
Nissman thanked three individuals in the San Juan resident office of the U.S. State Department for their work on the case Special Agent in Charge Michael Johnson, Resident Agent in Charge Marc A. Garcia, and Special Agent Maurice Brungardt.
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