BOSTON – A Dominican national pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with making false statements in an application for a replacement Social Security card and illegal reentry.
Francis Yohan Mateo Guerrero, 29, a Dominican national formerly residing in Lawrence, pleaded guilty to one count of making a materially false statement and one count of illegal reentry of a previously deported alien. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing for Jan. 5, 2022. Mateo Guerrero was indicted in December 2020.
In August 2017, Mateo Guerrero applied for a Massachusetts driver’s license by submitting the name of a U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico and that individual’s Social Security card as proof of identity. In March 2019, prior to this case being resolved, Mateo Guerrero was deported to the Dominican Republic. In December 2020, Mateo Guerrero illegally returned to the United States and was arrested. He was subsequently charged with, and also pleaded guilty today to, illegal reentry.
The charge of making materially false statements provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of illegal reentry provides for a sentence of up to two years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Mateo Guerrero will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Todd Lyons, Field Office Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Boston made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
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