Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Atto…

Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and JOHN P. HIGGINS, Jr., the Inspector General of the United States Department of Education,
announced that IVAN ORTA CUPRILL pleaded guilty earlier today to
stealing the identity of another person and applying for student
loans using that person’s name and social security number.
Significantly, at the time of those crimes, which took place from
1999 to 2002, CUPRILL was a wanted fugitive, having escaped from
jail in Puerto Rico where he was serving a maximum 27-year
sentence after having been convicted of murder and other crimes.
According to the Complaint and Indictment previously
filed in Manhattan federal court and other statements on the
record in this case, as well as court documents from Puerto Rico
and CUPRILL’s statements at today’s plea proceeding before United
States District Judge Deborah A. Batts:
Beginning in 1999, CUPRILL submitted applications for
financial aid to attend the State University of New York at Old
Westbury. In the applications, CUPRILL identified himself as
“Jaime Torres” and used the Social Security number belonging to a
person with that name. The loans were approved and funds were
paid by Citibank USA to the college on CUPRILL’s behalf. CUPRILL
never repaid the loans.
At the time of his July 2006 arrest on these charges
CUPRILL’s true identity was not known. However, agents from the
Department of Education in New York and Puerto Rico continued to
investigate. They eventually identified the defendant as CUPRILL
and learned that since 1994 CUPRILL had been wanted for escape
from prison while serving a 27-year sentence for murder and other
crimes.

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