February 21, 2024
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A Tijuana man who used an American citizen’s identification for greater than three a long time with a view to take hundreds of {dollars} in authorities advantages was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal jail.

Abel Alonso Valdez-Vazquez, 59, had been utilizing one other man’s identification since no less than December 1992 and was arrested and pleaded responsible to a federal crime below that title.

Valdez-Vazquez was arrested final 12 months whereas driving into the US via the Otay Mesa Port of Entry whereas three undocumented migrants had been hidden inside his automobile, based on prosecutors.

The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned the title he used, recognized by prosecutors solely as “G.P.,” was truly the title of one other man, who “had complained that his identification had been stolen and used for many years by an unknown particular person.”

Along with the smuggling case, the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned Valdez-Vazquez used G.P.’s identification to use for and obtain Supplemental Safety Earnings from the Social Safety Administration and secured a California driver’s license below G.P.’s title. He was utilizing that license when he was arrested in Otay Mesa in August 2022.

Alongside together with his jail sentence, Valdez-Vazquez was ordered to pay $81,185.35 in restitution to the Social Safety Administration.

“The defendant pulled off this fraudulent charade for greater than 30 years, and he had many victims — from the person whose identification was stolen, to the courts, state and federal authorities, and the Social Safety Administration,” mentioned appearing U.S. Legal professional Andrew R. Haden in an announcement.

— Metropolis Information Service