STAMFORD, Conn. – A Bronx woman was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation for passport fraud after she applied for a U.S. passport at the Stamford Passport Agency in 2013 using a fraudulent New York City birth certificate, according to U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly.
Dianne Bent, 55, is believed to be a native of Jamaica who was illegally brought to the United States by her grandmother in 1969. Bent has a criminal history that includes multiple convictions for theft-related crimes, and she has used multiple aliases and dates of birth during her life.
According to court documents, on April 1, 2013, Bent applied for a U.S. passport at the Stamford, Connecticut Passport Agency. As proof of citizenship, she provided a fraudulent New York City birth certificate and other documentation. The investigation further revealed she had fraudulently obtained a Social Security number and between August 2004 and March 2013, received approximately $76,365 in benefits from the Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Income Program based on a claimed mental or physical disability.
Bent was arrested Dec. 5, 2014. On July 20, 2015, she pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement in an application for a U.S. passport. She was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $76,365.
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