A Florida businessman accused of falsifying his death overseas was located and then arrested by federal authorities after facial recognition software returned a match to his face in passport records. Jose Salvador Lantigua now faces one federal count of providing a false statement on a passport application.
The arrest marks yet another concrete example of a federal agency using new facial recognition technology to catch criminals.
Lantigua also faces state charges of insurance fraud in Florida, according to the Florida Times Union. The Washington Post reported that Lantigua’s family attempted to collect life insurance money as a result of his death, but the insurance company refused to pay out. Venezuelan authorities had declared Lantigua dead as of April 2013.
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