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Dominican Republic citizen sentenced to 3 1/2 year in prison for passport fraud

June 15, 2012

BALTIMORE, Md. — A federal judge Friday sentenced a Dominican Republic citizen to 3 1/2 years in prison for twice fraudulently trying to obtain a U.S. passport through the Hagerstown Post Office,  the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

 U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Leavitt Rodriguez, also known as Jose Luis Rosario Colon, 29, on two counts each of passport fraud and aggravated identity the, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

Rodriguez will also spend three years of supervision after getting out of prison, the release said.

Rodriguez twice applied for passports using the name of Jason Anthony Bell, once on June 9, 2006, and again on Dec. 6, 2009, the release said.

Witnesses testified during his trial in U.S. District Court that Rodriguez was a friend of Bell’s and paid him for his Social Security card in 2004 or 2005, the release said.

Jason Bell died on June 29, 2009. A Rodriguez family member also testified as to the defendant’s true identity, the release said.

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