Mexican National Sentenced For Social Security Fraud, Identity Theft And Involvement In Methamphetamine Trafficking | USAO-MDFL

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton has sentenced Jose Martin Sanchez, a/k/a Jorge Sanchez (49, Winter Garden), a Mexican national, to a total of eight years in federal prison for using a telephone to facilitate a drug felony, false representation of a Social Security number (SSN), and aggravated identity theft. After completing his sentence, he is expected to be removed to Mexico.

Sanchez had pleaded guilty to the charges on September 4, 2020. 

According to his plea agreement, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies encountered Sanchez at about 2:30 a.m. on October 8, 2019, while they were conducting surveillance on a residence that was related to an ongoing methamphetamine trafficking investigation. Drug Enforcement Administration agents later questioned Sanchez about his identity and the events of those early morning hours, and Sanchez admitted that he had agreed, over the telephone, to pick up approximately seven ounces of “crystal” methamphetamine at a gas station and deliver an ounce to the residence in Rockledge. Sanchez also admitted that he had been using his brother’s name for years and said that he was a citizen of Mexico and did not have a SSN. Agents from the Social Security Administration – Office of the Inspector General later confirmed that Sanchez had used his brother’s identity to obtain a Florida drivers license as early as 2008 and used his brother’s valid SSN to renew that license on March 6, 2017. Agents also found that Sanchez had been convicted of drug trafficking in California and Washington, had served prison sentences related to those convictions, and had served a term of supervised release in Florida, all in his brother’s name.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Social Security Administration – Office of Investigations of the Office of the Inspector General, with assistance from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney E. Jackson Boggs, Jr.

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