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US v. Acosta-Joaquin, 17-1379

Affirmed a conviction for fraudulent use of a social security number (SSN) where the defendant illegally came to this country in 2005 from the Dominican Republic and adopted the name and SSN of a US Citizen. Defendant alleges that he never falsely represented that the SSN number was his but always to the assumed identity. The court held that when defendant assumed the identity of another, he sought to deceive and avoid deportation, which precisely fits the language of the statute against the fraudulent use of a SSN.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/07/02


  • Boudin


  • United States First Circuit


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