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Dominican national living in Lynn sentenced to 2 years in prison for Social Security fraud, identity theft

BOSTON — A Dominican national in Lynn faced a judge Wednesday in U.S District Court for Social Security fraud and identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Nelson Bolivar was sentenced by Judge Denise J. Casper to two years in prison and two years of probation. Bolivar, 54, will face deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. 

Earlier this year, Bolivar pleaded guilty to one count of false representation of a Social Security number and one count of aggravated identity theft. 

He was arrested and charged last year in a federal law enforcement sweep of 25 individuals accused of document and benefit fraud.

Dubbed “Double Trouble,” the investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigation’s Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force comprised of local, state and federal agencies with expertise in detecting, deterring and disrupting organizations and individuals involved in various types of document, identity and benefit fraud schemes. 

In 2015, Bolivar, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, applied for a Massachusetts Identification Card using the name and Social Security number of a Puerto Rican citizen, according to court documents. He presented a Puerto Rican birth certificate and a Social Security card in the other person’s name to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles as proof of his identity. Based on the application and supporting identity documents, Bolivar was issued an identification card in the name of the Puerto Rican citizen. He also used the name and Social Security number of a Puerto Rican citizen to receive MassHealth benefits.

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