September 01, 2010
In 1993, Montino's mother and Gabarda purchased immigration and identity documents issued to another Filipino family who had been approved to immigrate to the United States. Gabarda and Montino assumed those identities, posing as father and daughter, and immigrated along with two unrelated females also posing as Gabarda's daughters. Gabarda and Montino moved to Alaska, where they lived under their assumed identities until 2009. The two other females had previously been located and prosecuted in other states.
Gabarda pled guilty to three counts of Unsworn Falsification on the basis of his use of false identities to apply for Permanent Fund Dividends. He was sentenced to a total of 360 days in jail with 225 days suspended, and upon release he will serve a term of 36 months of probation. Montino pled guilty to Theft and Unsworn Falsification, and was sentenced to a total of 360 days in jail with 270 days suspended. Upon release, she will be subject to 24 months probation. Both parties must pay full restitution to the Permanent Fund Dividend Division for all of the PFDs they have received since first entering the program in 1995.
Pursuant to law, an individual
is permanently disqualified from receiving any future Permanent
Fund Dividends upon conviction for a false statement made with
regard to an application for a Permanent Fund Dividend. Gabarda
and Montino also may be subject to deportation proceedings on
the basis of their convictions.
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