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Dominican National Sentenced for Identity Theft and Stealing MassHealth Benefits

BOSTON - A Dominican national formerly residing in Lawrence was sentenced today for Social Security and benefit fraud. Cesar Franco Lara, 37, was sentenced during a videoconference before U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to 20 months in prison and ordered to pay $3,468 in restitution to MassHealth. Franco Lara will also face deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. In January 2020, Franco Lara pleaded guilty to one count of false representation of Social Security number and one count of theft of government money. Pursuant to a plea agreement that was accepted by the Court today, the government dismissed one count of aggravated identity theft after the defendant was sentenced.


Action Details

  • Date:May 20, 2020
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions