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Dominican National Sentenced for Social Security Fraud and Theft

Defendant used stolen identification to secure Section 8 and SNAP benefits
Publication date: 
Monday, November 23, 2020

BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for Social Security fraud and theft of government money.

Jesus Barbosa Pimentel, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 18 months in prison and two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $47,762 in restitution and will face deportation proceedings. In September 2020, Barbosa Pimentel pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful reentry, one count of false representation of a Social Security number and two counts of theft of government money. He was arrested and charged in June 2019.

On Oct. 7, 2015, Barbosa Pimentel, who was deported from the United States in 1998, applied for a Massachusetts identification card using the name and Social Security number of a U.S. citizen. Based on the application, Barbosa Pimentel was issued an identification card in the name of the U.S. citizen. Barbosa Pimentel also used that name and Social Security number to receive Section 8 housing assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps. He fraudulently received $32,352 in Section 8 benefits over more than six years, and $15,409 in SNAP benefits over 10 years.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; David Magdycz, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Phillip Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; Tonya Perkins, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division; Christina Scaringi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Regional Office; Michael Mikulka, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations; Jonathan Davidson, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Field Office; Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; and Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump made the announcement. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case. 

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USAO - Massachusetts;
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Department of Health and Human Services OIG