A woman who attempted to obtain an American passport using an alias by showing various false information has been arrested, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
In October 2012, Maria G. Bravo-Mohica, 70-year-old, a Peruvian national, managed to get her hand on a fake Puerto Rican birth certificate which she used to acquire a social security number and a New Jersey driver license. The septuagenarian then tried to request an American passport under her newly acquired name of Angela Serrano.
Ms Bravo-Mohica’s sloppy identity-job was quickly spotted by federal authorities when the National Passport Center noticed inconsistencies with her passport application. The National Passport Center forwarded the woman’s application to another federal agency which eventually worked with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office to apprehend the 70-year-old.
Ms Bravo-Mohica faces various charges including impersonation; if convicted she faces 5 to 10 years in state prison.