BOSTON — A Massachusetts document broker is headed to prison for trafficking the identities of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens and selling them to people living in the country illegally.
The U.S. attorney’s office said Tuesday that Sandro Tavera Mora, also known as Jose Laureano Ayala, was sentenced in Springfield federal court to more than two years behind bars. The Dominican national faces deportation after his sentence is completed.
The 46-year-old man pleaded guilty in May to false personation of U.S. citizenship, fraud and misuse of visas and other offenses.
In Springfield, prosecutors say Tavera Mora bought and sold personal information contained in legitimate government documents belonging to Puerto Rico residents.
Tavera Mora admitted that the people who purchased these documents intended to use the information to assume the identity of U.S. citizens.