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Merrimack Valley

February 2, 2012

Car theft report leads to home of fugitive in fake ID scheme


The officers contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement to ask about the men and that is when they learned of the stolen identities both men were using.

Matos admitted his real name is Richard Alberto Santos-Colon. He told the officers and Immigration Agent Sean Rafferty he bought a plane ticket in 2001 from the Dominican Republic to Panama and on to Laredo, Mexico, and once in Mexico he paid $14,000 to be smuggled into the United States.

He said he then made his way to Lawrence where he purchased a birth certificate and Social Security card in the name of Matos, from a business at the corner of Broadway and Haverhill Street.

Cruz admitted his real name is Luis Alberto Mejia-Delosantos. He told investigators that shortly before January 2000, he obtained a visa to enter Mexico from the Dominican Republic, and arrived in Tijuana, Mexico later that month. He said he paid $6,700 to be smuggled him into the United States.

He made his way to Boston where another man gave him the birth certificate and Social Security card of Wilfreo Torres-Cruz.

Both men admitted they were Dominican citizens and in the country illegally.

Both men were additionally charged with identity theft, giving a false name to a police officer after arrest and possession of false Registry of Motor Vehicle documents, police said.

Both men remain in police custody.

Delosantos (Cruz) told police his actual residence was at 21 Groton St., but that he used Beltre's 203 Crawford St. address to receive documents such as his Mass Health card and prescriptions.

When Beltre was arrested last June she had lists of names, Social Security numbers, immigration and tax paperwork on her - none of them in her name. Federal authorities allege that she and the 49 others sold government-issued identity documents including Government of Puerto Rico-issued birth certificates and corresponding U.S. Social Security cards.

Beltre was allegedly an "identity broker" whose job it was to obtain the false documents and distribute them to customers.

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