A man who used to live in Fairborn has been accused of using a false name on a passport application and aggravated identity theft, according to a criminal complaint in Dayton’s federal court.
A Southern District of Ohio court document alleges that Daljeet Singh, who is from India, tried in 2011 to say he was a Puerto Rican native named Edwin Saavedra Moreno.
An affidavit from a special agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations said that on Oct. 5, 2011, Singh submitted a passport application at the Fairborn Post Office. The document said Singh tried to pass himself off as a United States citizen born in Puerto Rico.
The affidavit said Singh attached a photo of himself with a current address on Rosanne Court in Fairborn. Singh allegedly provided both a Puerto Rican birth certificate and Ohio driver’s license with Moreno’s name.
The special agent said the U.S. State Department found a photo of Moreno that did not match Singh’s photo and found out that an Edwin Saavedra Moreno currently resides in Puerto Rico.
The State Department found that Singh was admitted to the United States on a visa in March 2009, but that visa expired in September 2009, meaning Singh was not in the U.S. legally when he submitted the passport application.
On Wednesday, Customs and Border Protection encountered Singh at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, where his wife was attempting to enter the U.S. on a visiting visa. Officials found Singh waiting for his wife. Officials asked Singh for identification and he provided the driver’s license with Moreno’s name.
The affidavit said that “Given Singh’s accent and apparent inability to speak Spanish, the CBP queried the name Edwin Saavedra Moreno.” Singh was confronted by officials, read his Miranda rights and admitted to his true identity. Singh also said he paid several thousand dollars for Moreno’s identity.
No court date has been set.