By Miguel Cruz Tejada
NEW YORK._ An illegal Dominican in the United States identified as 37-year-old Yonathan Leandro Villar, who used more than 20 aliases, 15 different dates of birth, and nine false social security numbers, was deported in 2016 and illegally re-entered, was sentenced to 30 months in jail in Boston Federal Court.
A statement from Massachusetts federal prosecutor Rachael S. Rollins explains that Villar has a criminal record dating back almost 19 years and was convicted of illegally re-entering the United States after being deported to be repatriated again after serving his sentence.
Federal judge William G. Young sentenced him, and the current sentence coincides with another 78-month sentence that Villar is serving in a case unrelated to illegal re-entry, the prosecution adds.
Villar pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry in December 2020 and illegally re-entered the United States in 1992 using a false passport.
He was detained in 2016 when he was first deported to the Dominican Republic.
The feds said Villar was repatriated in July 2016. “He was removed from the United States after being released from federal custody on a false passport application conviction,” the statement said. “Some time later, Villar re-entered the United States without approval to reapply for admission.”
In Massachusetts, he was arrested in August 2019 for narcotics and motor vehicle offenses. According to prosecutor Rollins, his fingerprints positively matched those obtained before his removal from the United States in 2016.
“Villar has a criminal record dating back nearly 19 years with multiple convictions, including for firearms, heroin trafficking, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and attempting to fraudulently obtain a passport,” prosecutors say.
“He has more than 20 aliases, 15 false dates of birth and nine false social security numbers,” the information points out.