Press Statement
Worcester, MA
March 31, 2009

U.S. Department of Justice
Michael J. Sullivan, United States Attorney
District of Massachusetts

An illegal alien, a resident of Milford, MA, was convicted yesterday in federal court of making false statements in an application for U.S. passport and falsely representing himself as a United States citizen.

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; James P. Ennis, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service Boston Field Office; Randy Miskanic, Inspector in Charge of the United States Postal Inspection Service; and Thomas O’Loughlin, Chief of the Milford Police Department, announced that RUBEN FARIA ROSA, a/k/a Rubin F. Rosa, a/k/a Juan Luis Perez Alvarez, age 26, of Milford, MA, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to two counts in an Indictment charging him with false representation of United States citizenship and making false statements in an application for a United States Passport.

At the plea hearing, the prosecutor told the court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven that ROSA is a native and citizen of Brazil, who illegally resides in the United States.

On August 18, 2008, an individual identifying himself as Juan Luis Perez Alvarez filled out an application for a United States passport (known as a “DSP-11") at the United States Post Office in Milford, MA. For proof of identity and citizenship, the individual, later identified as RUBEN FARIA ROSA, presented a Massachusetts Driver’s License and Social Security Card in the name of “Juan Luis Perez Alvarez, along with a Puerto Rican Birth Certificate, issued on March 27, 1978, in the name of “Juan Luis Perez Alvarez.”

On the application, ROSA falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen, having been born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The application also bore the photograph of ROSA, and indentified him as “Juan Luis Perez Alvarez.”

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles conducted an image search of their database using the photograph submitted by ROSA with his DS-11 application, and revealed that ROSA had obtained a Massachusetts Driver's License in the name of Juan Luis Perez Alvarez, issued on August 05, 2008. The Registry of Motor Vehicles also conducted a facial recognition search within their database to determine whether there were any other licenses issued under this image. That search found that the photo image of Massachusetts Driver’s License issued under the name of Juan Luis Perez-Alvarez, also matched the photo image of another Massachusetts Driver’s License that had been issued to RUBEN FARIA ROSA.

On November 18, 2008, following his arrest, ROSA gave his true name as RUBEN FARIA ROSA, and admitted that he is a Brazilian national and citizen; that he had entered the United States illegally through Mexico approximately six years ago; that his father had paid $12,000 for him to be smuggled into the United States; that he had paid an acquaintance $5,500 for a Puerto Rican birth certificate and social security card.

U.S. District Judge Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for July 9, 2009. ROSA faces a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment on Count One and a maximum sentence of 3 years’ imprisonment on Count Two; to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Upon completion of any prison sentence imposed ROSA also faces deportation to his native Brazil.

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Milford Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antoinette E.M. Leoney in Sullivan’s Major Crimes Unit.

Christina DiIorio-Sterling