St. Martinville man pleads guilty to identity theft

A St. Martinville man pleaded guilty this week to stealing his brother’s identity so he could launder thousands of dollars, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Authorities said Nasar Latif Raja, 41, was questioned last year in an investigation involving his brother’s convenience store in St. Martinville.

During that investigation, police discovered Raja had a safety deposit box with $219,000 in cash and a checking account listed in Raja’s brother’s name, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a news release.

“Raja admitted to opening the account using his brother’s Social Security number and driver’s license so he could hide the fact that he possessed the money,” Finley said.

Raja faces up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both, with three years of supervised release, Finley said.

A sentencing date has not been set, she said.