BOSTON — A Dominican man who previously lived in Lawrence will be deported after serving time for Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
The statement said Yonelin Manuel Baez Soto, 24, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to three counts of false representation of Social Security numbers and three counts of aggravated identity theft.
He has a sentencing scheduled for Sept. 19, the statement said.
According to the press release, Baez Soto applied for a Massachusetts learner's permit and a possible Massachusetts identification card using the name, date and Social Security number of a Puerto Rican born United States Citizen on Oct. 15 and Oct. 17, 2014, and Aug. 4, 2015.
In Sept. 2018, law enforcement agents confronted Baez Soto while he was serving time at Essex County Correctional Facility for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl under the Puerto Rican man's identity, the statement said.
The press release said Baez Soto was identified from a fingerprint that matched with a Dominican Republic identification document issued to him with his photo.
The charge of false representation of a Social Security number can require a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of aggravated identity theft can require a mandatory sentence of two years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.