Woman headed to prison for using fake passport to enter U.S.

A 36-year-old woman from the Dominican Republic living in New Jersey was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison for trying to re-enter the country with a fake passport, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Angela De Jesus-Concepcion of Bergenfield showed officials a phony passport that displayed her picture but listed the name of an identity theft victim when she arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from the Dominican Republic on March 17, 2012.

She also filled out a customs declaration using the victim’s name and the number of the passport that she was carrying.

Authorities also found De Jesus-Concepcion in possession of a New Jersey driver’s license with her photograph and the name of the woman whose identity was stolen.

De Jesus-Concepcion obtained the passport by using an earlier version of the New Jersey driver’s license bearing the victim’s name and De Jesus-Concepcion’s photograph as well as a replacement naturalization certificate. That document also displayed the victim’s name and De Jesus-Concepcion’s image.

De Jesus-Concepcion, who remains free on $25,000 bail, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge William Walls to years of supervised release when she is freed. She is expected to turn herself in on Sept. 21 to begin serving her sentence, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will determine if she is deported after being released.

De Jesus-Concepcion was convicted in October of false claim of U.S. citizenship, use of a U.S. passport obtained by false statement and aggravated identity theft.

An immigration judge ordered she be deported in 1997, NorthJersey.com reported. Eight years later, her application to be a permanent resident alien was rejected.


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