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Case Number: 4:23-cr-00009
Judge: Roderick C. Young
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Newport News County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Newport News
Defendant's Attorney: Ben Beliles
Description: Newport News, Virginia criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with making a false statement on an application for a passport and aggravated identity theft.O’Ryan Jones, 54, after having been denied a passport in his own name, applied for a passport in the name and using the identifying information of his brother. In preparation for the passport fraud, the defendant also obtained his brother’s birth certificate and a driver’s license in his brother’s name featuring the defendant’s own photograph.
Jones was convicted of false statement in application for a passport and aggravated identity theft, and faces a mandatory minimum penalty of two years in prison with a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison when sentenced on December 4, 2023. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and Karen Brown Cleveland, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Washington Field Office for the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), made the announcement after U.S District Judge Roderick C. Young accepted the verdict.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie Podlesni and Brian Samuels are prosecuting the case.
T.18:1542 - False Statement in Application for Passport / T.18:982(a)(6)(A) - Criminal Forfeiture
T.18:1028A(a)(1) - Aggravated Identity Theft
Outcome: Defendant was found guilty by a jury.