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Guinean national sentenced for possessing fake passport, identity theft


BUFFALO -- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Abdoulaye Barry, 25, of Jamaica, NY, who was convicted of possessing a fraudulent passport card and aggravated identity theft, was sentenced to 36 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that on February 26, 2017, the defendant, a citizen of Guinea, was found at the Rainbow Bridge with a fraudulent United States Passport card, bearing the name and passport card number of a real person with the defendant’s photograph, as well as a fraudulent Ohio Driver’s License bearing the name of a real person with the defendant’s photograph, and a Florida Driver’s license bearing the name and photograph of another person.  The defendant was also in possession of a debit and credit card matching the name on the fraudulent Ohio Driver’s license.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the United States Department of State; Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Rose Brophy, Director of Field Operations; and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James C. Spero.