Woman Sentenced to One Year Probation For Lying on Passport Application

Published 3:40 pm Friday, November 19, 2021

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane Evans announced today that THERESA WOOD (“WOOD”) was sentenced to one (1) year probation today after pleading guilty as charged to count one of an indictment for false statements in a passport application in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1542 before U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon.   Judge Eldon Fallon also ordered WOOD to perform twenty-five (25) hours of community service.

According to papers signed by WOODshe made an application for a U.S. passport for her minor child using information belonging to another individual.  It is a crime to lie on a passport application. She convinced a co-worker, who resembled the father of her minor child, to fraudulently claim to be the father at the signing of the application before a notary to be submitted to the State Department.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Diplomatic Security Service of the State Department in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Carter K. D. Guice, Jr. was in charge of the prosecution.