WORCESTER - A local man pleaded guilty in federal court in Worcester on Feb. 2 for using the Social Security number of someone else to obtain a federal tax refund and driver's license.
Richard Diaz-Montero, 44, of Oxford, pleaded guilty to charges of false representation of a Social Security number and theft of government funds.
According to federal prosecutors, Diaz-Montero filed a tax return using the identity of another person. In March 2016, he cashed the tax return check. In May 2018, Diaz-Montero used that same identity to obtain a Massachusetts driver's license.
The charge of false representation of a social security number provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of theft of government funds provides for a sentence of up to 10 years, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
The judge in the case scheduled sentencing for March 1.