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Pair Immigrates, Collects PFDs Under False Identities


September 01, 2010
Wednesday PM

Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Division Director Deborah Bitney announced that, on June 17, 2010, Reynaldo Gabarda (61) was sentenced in District Court to serve 135 days in jail and pay $23,107.24 in restitution; and on July 28, 2010, Brenda Gabarda Montino (36) was sentenced in District Court to serve 90 days in jail and pay $18,865.28 in restitution for Permanent Fund Dividends they received under false identities. Montino and Gabarda, who is Montino's natural uncle, came to the US from the Philippines.

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.

This case was the result of a joint investigation by the Alaska Department of Revenue, Criminal Investigations Unit and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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Alaska Department of Revenue


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