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MINNEAPOLIS -- A 52-year-old  man was indicted  in federal court in Minneapolis for allegedly using the identity of others, including that of a dead man, for the past 20 years.

During that time, the man allegedly attempted to obtain passports, a Social Security card, bank accounts, and credit cards with false identification.

He  is charged with two counts of making a false statement in an application for a passport, two counts of Social Security fraud, one count of access device fraud, and four counts of aggravated identity theft.

The indictment specifically alleges that in April of 2007, the man made a false statement on a passport application and committed Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft when he used the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of a deceased person in an attempt to obtain a passport.

Then, in March of 2009, he allegedly falsified another passport application and again committed Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft by using the Social Security number of yet another individual in an effort to acquire a passport.

According to the indictment, he also committed access device fraud in July of 2010, when he allegedly utilized one or more unauthorized credit cards, including a Discover card, to purchase items with an aggregate value of $1,000 or more.

According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, the man  applied for a United States passport on July 3, 1997, in St. Paul, identifying himself as someone else. In support of the application, he presented a Minnesota driver's license and a Minnesota birth certificate with the same false name.

Then, on March 24, 2009, he allegedly applied for a second passport in Faribault, Minn., under yet another name. Again, he presented a corresponding driver's license and birth certificate.

On Oct. 23, 2008, the U.S. Department of State was notified by the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General ("SSA-OIG") that an individual listed in the database as someone who died on Aug. 3, 1993, had just applied for a Social Security card.

The applicant had used a U.S. passport to validate his identity. Allegedly, authorities later found that four passport applications had been made by him, using two different names.

If convicted, he  faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each count of passport fraud, five years on each count of Social Security fraud, 10 years on each count of access device fraud, and a mandatory minimum penalty of two years on each count of aggravated identity theft. All sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.

 

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