A Dominican national from Bergenfield was sentenced in Newark today to 36 months in federal prison for trying to re-enter the U.S. with a phony passport.
Angela De Jesus-Concepcion, 36, was previously convicted by a U.S. District judge of all three counts of an indictment against her: false claim of U.S. citizenship, use of a U.S. passport obtained by false statement and aggravated identity theft.
De Jesus-Concepcion tried entering the country from the Dominican Republic presenting a U.S. passport at Newark International Airport with the name of an ID theft victim and her own photo, authorities said.
She also completed a customs declaration using the victim’s name and the number of the passport that she was carrying, they said.
Customs and Border Protection conducted a secondary inspection and found a New Jersey driver’s license bearing the victim’s name and De Jesus-Concepcion’s photograph along with a debit card in her own name.
Federal prosecutors at the one-week trial showed that she obtained the passport using an earlier version of a New Jersey driver’s license with the victim’s name, her own photo and a replacement naturalization certificate — also bearing the victim’s name and De Jesus-Concepcion’s picture.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge William Walls sentenced De Jesus-Concepcion to serve three years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman credited enforcement officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, for the investigation leading to the conviction and thanked the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service for playing a significant role.
Representing the government was Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sara F. Merin of Fishman’s General Crimes Unit and Shirley U. Emehelu of the Economic Crimes Unit.
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