Dominican national charged with conspiracy and fraud

Tavera Mora allegedly had fake Puerto Rican ids to commit identity fraud

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 45-year-old man, formerly of Springfield, was charged in District Court this week with conspiracy and aggravated identity fraud.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz told 22News that Sandro Tavera Mora, a Dominican national, was charged with one count of conspiracy to possess and transfer fraudulent identification documents, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Tavero Mora was initially charged in March of 2015 with one count of false personation of a U.S. Citizen and one count of fraud and misuse of visas.

According to the indictment, Tavera Mora allegedly pretended to be a U.S. citizen with an altered U.S. non-immigrant visa and ids that weren’t his. Ortiz said Tavera Mora also allegedly had fake Puerto Rican ids to commit identity fraud and misuse of a visa.

Then, between April and June of 2014, he allegedly conspired to distribute the false ids, Ortiz said.

Tavera Mora could possibly face the following sentencing:

1.) For impersonating a U.S. citizen

  • 3 years in prison
  • 1 year of supervised release
  • $250,000 fine

2.) For theft and misuse of a visa

  • 5 years in prison
  • 3 years of supervised release
  • $250,000 fine

3.) For conspiracy count

  • 15 years in prison
  • 5 years of supervised release
  • $250,000 fine

Ortiz said if he is convicted of identity theft, Tavera Mora faces a mandatory sentence of 2 years in consecutive to any other sentence he receives. However, actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.

NOTE: United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Michael Shea, Acting Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today.  The case is being prosecuted by Kevin O’Regan, Chief of Ortiz’s Springfield branch office and Marianne Shelvey, Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Gang Section.

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