Man who faked citizenship for driver’s license facing seven years in prison

A man from Colombia is facing up to seven years in prison for admitting that he tried to obtain a United States driver’s license using a stolen identity.

Oscar Eduardo Sanchez Gamboa, 54, has pled guilty to making a false claim of citizenship to obtain a state benefit and aggravated identity theft.

According to court records, the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General began investigating the use of a Social Security number in several loan applications that were submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were provided with copies of the loan applications and reviewed them using Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Records.

During their investigation, authorities determined that Gamboa had used the name, date of birth, and SSN of another U.S. citizen to apply for and obtain a Florida driver’s license and a Florida commercial driver’s license.

In order for Gamboa to receive these licenses, he affirmed “under penalty of perjury” that he was a citizen of the United States, according to court records.

Authorities says that a review of department of state records showed that Gamboa “was born in Colombia, is a citizen of Colombia, and is not a United States citizen,” according to court records.

Gamboa, who had been living in Kissimmee at the time of his arrest, faces up to five years in federal prison for making the false claim, as well as a consecutive minimum mandatory sentence of two years for aggravated identity theft.

No sentencing date has been set in the case.

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