A native of Antigua pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to myriad counts that stemmed from his false claim to be a U.S. citizen.

Besouro Abdul Zagon, 52, aka Donald Benjamin, pleaded guilty to seven charges including aggravated identity theft, passport fraud and theft of student aid, health care benefits and nutrition assistance.

By pleading guilty, Zagon admitted receiving more than $120,000 in federal aid illegally.

He was indicted in April on 30 counts by a federal grand jury in Portland. In a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the remaining 23 will be dismissed when he is sentenced.

Zagon, then named Donald Benjamin, came to the U.S. in the late 1970s or early 1980s after attending a martial arts competition in Canada, according to the prosecution version of events to which he pleaded guilty. In 1986, he used the birth certificate and Social Security number of a Boston-born man whose last name also was Benjamin and was born in 1959, the month before Zagon was born, to obtain a U.S. passport. Five years later, he had his name changed in a Massachusetts court to Besouro Abdul Zagon for religious reasons, according to court documents.

In August 2001, Zagon, his wife and five children moved to Portland from Massachusetts after he obtained Social Security numbers for the children. Upon arriving in Portland, the family received federal housing assistance after Zagon falsely stated that he and his children, all of whom were born in Antigua between September 1990 and October 1996, were U.S. citizens.

The family began receiving MaineCare and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits in 2002, according to court documents. Two years later, Zagon applied for and received financial aid to study massage therapy. To qualify for all of those programs, Zagon lied about his citizenship.

The man whose identity Zagon stole years ago complained in 2005 to police in Oswego, Ill., and to the Social Security Administration that he was a victim of identity theft, according to court documents. That sparked the investigation which led to a search of Zagon’s home in May 2010, where investigators found documentation of his crimes.

Zagon agreed to waive his right to appeal his sentence as long as it is three years and nine months or less, according to court documents.

He remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail while awaiting sentencing, which is not expected to be scheduled until after the first of the year.

After serving his sentence, Zagon is expected to be deported. His children will be allowed to remain in the U.S. as long as they obey the law.

Date Title
10/28/11 10th El Paso policeman accused of overtime fraud
10/28/11 Rolling billboard promotes Louisiana produce
10/28/11 11 charged in L.I.R.R. disability fraud plot
10/28/11 More Americans receive government benefits
10/28/11 Why does a thriving business need a $1-million handout?
10/28/11 L.A. seeks federal TIGER funds for 50-mile River Bikeway
10/28/11 Villaraigosa, Boxer press for federal funds for 6th St. Bridge
10/27/11 Critics attack brownfield idea
10/27/11 Federal stimulus dollars at work in Havelock with new city hall
10/27/11 Stimulus money pays for street, traffic lights made largely overseas
10/27/11 Court documents say state employee conspired to illegally obtain federal stimulus money
10/27/11 Renewable-energy firms facing financial hurdles
10/27/11 FBI searches Charleston developer's office
10/27/11 Investigator: $3.2 billion in overpaid tax credits
10/27/11 USDA awards grant to Garden State programs
10/27/11 $1 million in grants to foster Pennsylvania specialty crops
10/27/11 Northwest trade mission to push potatoes in Asia
10/27/11 U.S. Gov't financial regulators earn tax-funded salaries of $225,000-plus
10/27/11 Farmers get enviro grants
10/26/11 Librarians hope to keep loan vans rolling
10/26/11 Future of solar and wind power may hinge on federal aid
10/26/11 Clean-energy developers reaped excess U.S. aid, auditors say
10/26/11 18 months for using housing grants on himself
10/26/11 $5.02 million federal contract awarded to American Small Business Alliance
10/26/11 City used business loan fund to help pay for skating rink
10/26/11 Providence loan fallout: Delinquent organization received cash from state too
10/26/11 Providence stiffed for millions in loan money
10/26/11 MSU receives almost $743,000 for research, new courses involving sheep and organic farming
10/26/11 State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama books
10/26/11 America’s Car Museum takes shape in Tacoma
10/26/11 Long-term survey reveals gen Xers are active, balanced and happy
10/25/11 Debts of U.S. states over $4 trillion - budget group
10/25/11 Layoffs may hit Toon Town: Senators go after DHS mascots
10/25/11 Current record
10/25/11 Why the USDA rejected NYC's food stamp soda ban
10/25/11 Basket case: Is lobster the issue?
10/25/11 Action urged to get Tennessee state workers off food stamps
10/25/11 Under new federal program, all Muskegon Heights students get free meals
10/25/11 Whatever Oregon's trying to communicate, it's costing you millions
10/25/11 Federal transportation funding mandates — the coming Capitol Hill battle
10/25/11 Senators outraged U.S. borrowing big from China while also giving it aid
10/24/11 USAID and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters join forces to help small-scale coffee growers
10/24/11 UGA gets $1.2M grant to study nutrition in pecans
10/24/11 Army's housing budget busters include mansion renovation
10/24/11 2-year-old courthouse to get renovation
10/24/11 NJ needs to tighten monitoring on spending homeland security funds, audit says
10/24/11 Federal security funds granted to hundreds of N.Y. nonprofits from 2006 to 2009 total in millions
10/24/11 Food stamps fraudsters using Web as tool
10/24/11 Some states adding assets to food stamp qualification
10/24/11 Federal stimulus money for Oregon jobs hired foreign workers
10/24/11 Federal grant money to benefit raspberry growers
10/20/11 GAO avoids layoffs but may furlough employees
10/20/11 Justice Department announces more than $130 million in cost saving and efficiency measures to utilize resources more effectively
10/20/11 Former ICE employee admits stealing from the government
10/20/11 CSI: The Experience
10/20/11 Robotic dragon, an unlikely teacher
10/20/11 University gives back $37,000 in grant money
10/20/11 'Gross financial mismanagement' cited in local Head Start program closures
10/20/11 Baldwin Park superintendent says district will buy better food to serve students
10/20/11 Missed connections
10/20/11 Homeland security getting creative with Metro vigilance ads
10/20/11 RNC convention planners get $18M federal grant
10/20/11 Man living as an ‘adult baby’ is cleared of Social Security fraud
10/12/11 New Orleans farmers' market group to share in federal grant
10/12/11 Federal grant to promote Michigan's live Christmas trees, poinsettias, among $1.3 million awarded to state agricultural projects
10/12/11 Workers' comp costs Postal Service more than it should, IG finds
10/12/11 Attleboro resident forced to open restaurant or pay up
10/12/11 VA's 11-day, $221K resort stay draws scrutiny
10/12/11 IRS inability to rein in tax fraud vexes law enforcement
10/11/11 Air Force base in Greenland sells $1M in scrap metal
10/11/11 Agencies accelerate data center closures
10/11/11 Federal agencies turn to contractors for social media help
10/11/11 Job training boards spend only 20% of funds on job training, LePage says
10/11/11 N.J. charter school awarded grant has not been given permission to open
10/11/11 Fight for job leaves Stephen Patrick idle and on the federal payroll
10/11/11 Job duties increasingly not linked to grade, pay
10/7/11 3 entrances at agency's HQ to be shuttered due to budget cuts
10/7/11 Budget cuts prompt GSA to halt renovation of its headquarters
10/7/11 Transportation museum’s opening delayed
10/7/11 Four arrested in government bribery and contracting scam
10/7/11 Alaska military wind project built in wrong spot, federal investigators report
10/7/11 State: Baldwin Park schools misspent nearly
10/7/11 Board to evaluate Saginaw Housing Commission director's performance behind closed doors
10/4/11 Mayor Tautznik responds to critical signs in Easthampton
10/4/11 Report: Federal green-jobs program fails to produce
10/4/11 National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden to cut 100-150 jobs through buyouts
10/4/11 E. Tenn. truck stop got stimulus money despite bankruptcy
10/4/11 NTU’s Jim Brown receives $550,000 NEH grant for his film “Rockin’ the Kremlin”
10/4/11 Stimulus makes class fun
10/4/11 State agencies are big casino customers
10/4/11 Dining on your dime: Government eats well