Las Vegas resident arrested after trying to purchase a fake passport on the dark web
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) – Las Vegas resident Patrick Sileo was arrested for attempting to purchase a fake UK passport, according to the United States Lawyers Office for the Western District of NY.
Sileo, 62, reportedly reached out to an undercover Homeland Security agent in November of 2019 and asked about buying a fake UK passport.
He paid $3,585 on the dark web site and gave the agent biographical info, a facial photo, a signature, and false info to place on the passport.
Sileo reportedly told the agent that he was a United States citizen who had came back from Southeast Asia a few months ago.
The United States Lawyers office also reports that the accused said he had a United States passport that might be expiring in one week, and that the Internal Revenue Service had obstructed it from being renewed.
In Dec, he told the agent were in Las Vegas to send the fake passport on the dark web. He was arrested in Nevada afterward.
Sileo was arrested and charged by complaint with fraud regarding the identification documents.
The charge carries a max penalty of 15 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.