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LAWRENCE RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGES OF FORGERY AND FALSE USE OF PASSPORT

 LAWRENCE RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGES OF FORGERY
 AND FALSE USE OF PASSPORT
 BOSTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A Lawrence man pleaded guilty last week in federal court to charges of forgery and false use of a passport and aiding and abetting the encouragement and inducement of an alien to enter the United States unlawfully.
 U.S. Attorney Wayne A. Budd announced that Georgilio Pina-Pena of 25 Trinity St., Lawrence, pleaded guilty on Jan. 17, 1992, before U.S. District Judge Edward F. Harrington to providing altered Dominican Republic passports to illegal aliens which contained counterfeit U.S. Immigration stamps. The counterfeit stamp at issue was the U.S. Immigration stamp I-551. This stamp is affixed to foreign passports by Immigration officials when the bearer has been approved for permanent residency in the United States. The passport, with the stamp, becomes evidence of lawful admission as a permanent resident. The prosecutor told the court that the defendant charged each alien up to $3,800 to have the counterfeit stamp affixed to their passport. In one instance, an illegal alien from the Dominican Republic was smuggled into the United States with a passport altered by Pina-Pena.
 District Judge Edward F. Harrington scheduled Pina-Pena's sentencing for April 3, 1992. Pina-Pena faces a maximum sentence of 25 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,250,000.
 The case was investigated by agents of the Immigration and Naturalization Services and the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael C. Bolden of Budd's Major Crims Division.
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 /CONTACT: Press Officer in the U.S. Attorney's Office, 617-223-9445/


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