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Gulfport resident sentenced for identity theft

GULFPORT, Miss.- A Gulfport resident has been charged and sentenced for aggravated identity theft.

Gregorio Villanueva-Medina, 36, will serve two years in federal prison and one year of supervised release, according to the Gulfport Police Department.

Medina is a native resident of Honduras and secured a job at the Gulfport Shipyard by falsifying his identity as a U.S. citizen. His victim was a West Virginia resident who only learned of the theft when the IRS contacted the individual for back taxes.

Medina began working at the shipyard in 2014 with a yearly pay of $48,610 which rose in 2015 to $64,805.

The case was investigated by the Gulfport Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams.

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