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December 18, 2013

Lawrence woman indicted on fraud charge

BOSTON — A Lawrence woman was charged yesterday with misusing a Social Security number.

Kernia Avalo De Mejia, 28, was indicted for misusing a Social Security number in connection with renting apartments in the greater Lawrence area under a stolen identity. This indictment was part of a larger investigation into drug trafficking by illegal aliens in the Lawrence-Methuen area.

If convicted, Avalo faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Thomas E. Kanwit of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

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