Bakersfield man pleads guilty to passport fraud

Man used fake info to get passport


A Bakersfield man plead guilty to passport fraud today, according to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.

The man, 62-year-old Hipolito Venegas, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty to making a false statement in a passport application.

According to his plea agreement, Venegas, a citizen of Mexico, used a false name, date of birth, and social security number in an application for a United States passport.

Venegas is scheduled to be sentenced on June 24, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill. The maximum statutory penalty he faces is 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. 

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