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For Immediate Release
June 10, 2019
For more information contact:
Trooper First Class Aaron Richards
(603) 223-8778
aaron.richards@dos.nh.gov

Woman Arrested After Using a Stolen Identity During a Traffic Stop, Salem, NH

On September 4, 2018, Trooper First Class Aaron Richards conducted a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 93 in Salem, NH for a violation of the Move Over law. The female driver identified herself through a Massachusetts issued Identification Card as Chelimar Gonzalez. Gonzalez received a citation for operating after suspension and her vehicle was towed from the scene.

Upon further investigation, TFC Richards determined that Ms. Gonzalez was not who she had claimed to be; nor who the information on the state issued ID card stated that she was. With the assistance of the Puerto Rico Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it was determined that she had stolen the identity of a United States Citizen residing in Puerto Rico.

With the assistance of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, it was learned that her true identity was that of Lilian Fana Martinez, age 28, of the Dominican Republic, who had been utilizing the stolen identity for more than 10 years. On April 18, 2019, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, New Hampshire State Police and the Methuen Massachusetts Police Department took Martinez into custody at her residence in Methuen, MA. Government documents located at the residence confirmed Martinez's true identity. Also located at the residence were healthcare benefits cards, ATM cards, and credit cards in the name of the stolen identity that Martinez had been using.

Martinez was taken into federal custody on multiple charges including but not limited to healthcare fraud and identity theft. She was recently extradited back to New Hampshire to face both Misdemeanor and Felony level charges in two different jurisdictions.

The New Hampshire State Police – Troop G was assisted in their investigations by the Puerto Rico Police Department, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, and the Methuen Massachusetts Police Department.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Trooper First Class Aaron Richards at (603) 223-8778 or by email at aaron.richards@dos.nh.gov.

   
 
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