BOSTON – A Dominican national pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with fraudulently using the identity of a U.S. citizen to apply for a passport and driver’s license.
Wagner Pimentel Soto, 41, who previously resided in West Roxbury, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement in a passport application and two counts of fraudulent use of a Social Security number. U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for April 7, 2021.
According to court records, in February 2019, Pimentel Soto applied for a U.S. passport at a U.S. Post Office in Everett using the name and Social Security number of a U.S. citizen. In April 2018, Pimentel Soto applied for a Massachusetts driver’s license at the Haymarket branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston. In support of his applications, Pimentel Soto submitted a variety of identity documents bearing the name, date of birth and Social Security number of the victim.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigation’s Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF),which is 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.