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Document and Benefit Fraud

Miami-Dade man pleads guilty in identity theft scheme

MIAMI – A Miami-Dade man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a stolen identity theft scheme following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

Jean-Elguentino Cayo, 26, of Miami Gardens, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

According to court documents, beginning in December 2012 through June 2013, Cayo sold approximately 400 names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers belonging to other people to a confidential informant and undercover law enforcement officer in exchange for money. Cayo had no authorization to traffic in the names, dates of births and Social Security numbers belonging to other people and acted with the intent to defraud.

Cayo faces up to 10 years in prison. He will be sentenced March 5, 2014.