Defendant Convicted of Passport Fraud and Identity Theft
United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida
Jeffrey H. Sloman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and James M. Foster, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service (“DSS”), announced that defendant Maria Remedios Campos-Garcia, 44, was convicted on all counts by a federal jury in Fort Pierce yesterday after a two-day trial in front of U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez. Sentencing has been scheduled for October 30, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. After her conviction, Campos-Garcia was remanded into custody.
Campos-Garcia was convicted of three separate counts arising from her January 22, 2009, application for a U.S. Passport, at a U.S. Post Office in Fort Pierce. The indictment charged her with passport fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1542; impersonation of a U.S. Citizen, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 911, and aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18,United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1).
The evidence and testimony at trial showed that Campos-Garcia submitted a Bexar County, Texas, birth certificate as proof of citizenship, and a Florida identification card as proof of identity, both in the assumed name of another person in support of her application for a U.S. passport. In 2004, Campos-Garcia had bought a package of identification documents containing identification information of the identity theft victim, an American citizen. Campos-Garcia continued to use those means of identification, and to hold herself out in that assumed identity for the next four and a half years in Arkansas and in Florida, until her passport application was questioned and investigated in 2009.
Mr. Sloman commended the detailed and collaborative investigative work of DSS, and the United States Passport Agency in the Department of State. Mr. Sloman also commended the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office for its assistance in the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Theodore Cooperstein.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.
Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney