Ocala, Florida – United States District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. has sentenced a Mexican citizen, J. Refugio Medina-Zamarripa (40, Mascotte), to two years in federal prison for passport fraud and aggravated identity theft. Medina-Zamarripa had pleaded guilty on January 13, 2020.
According to court records, Medina-Zamarripa had been living in the United States under a false identity for 15 years. During that time, he fraudulently acquired several state-issued identification cards and a United States passport. When Medina-Zamarripa attempted to renew the passport in 2017, U.S. Department of State investigators discovered that he was using the identity of an American citizen living in Texas, who had been the victim of identity theft.
Following his federal prison sentence, Medina-Zamarripa will be deported back to Mexico.
This case was investigated by U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, with support from the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Felicetta.