Federal grand jury: Tulare woman could face 3-counts indictment

Allegedy used stolen identity to obtain passport

A Tulare woman was charged with three-counts of indictment by a federal grand jury on Thursday, officials said. 

According to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Orosi resident Regina Chico-Garcia, 31, was charged with making false statements in a passport application, using a passport secured by false statements, and identity theft.

The indictment alleges that Chico-Garcia, who is not a U.S. citizen, used personal information of another person, including that person’s name and date of birth, in order to obtain a birth certificate and social security card.

According to officials, she then used those documents and made false statements to secure a United States passport.

On July 14, 2013 she attempted to enter the United States from Mexico using the fake passport at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. She was arrested and has remained detained.

Chico-Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned on July 26, 2013, before United States Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe. 

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