4 ID theft suspects jailed after AZ woman denied food stamps
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Six ID theft suspects used a woman's identity to try to gain employment at six different businesses in the Phoenix area, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.
Four of those suspects, identified as undocumented immigrants, were arrested by MCSO's Criminal Employment Squad and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on multiple counts of aggravated identity theft and forgery.
The investigation began after the victim alerted MCSO that she had been turned down for food stamps because of earned wages reported to the state.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the six suspects were using the same stolen identity at six different places of employment.
Sheriff's detectives served search warrants at four of those locations. They are Chompies in Tempe, Zipps Bar and Grill in Tempe, Bradford Allen in Tempe and Best Western in Guadalupe.
"These ID theft cases are not victimless," Arpaio said. "The past operations have resulted in families being denied money for food, and that is a serious issue."
The suspects arrested are Eva Maria Lucio-Diaz, 38; Martha Patricia Gonzalez-Florez, 38; Letecia Diaz-Jimeniz, 41; and Alicia Surrano-Frias, 38.
MCSPO said the suspects have admitted that they knowingly used the stolen identity of the victim for work.
The remaining suspects are still under investigation.
Last week's arrests marks MCSO's seventh Criminal employment/ID theft investigation since the beginning of the year. Nineteen suspects in all have been arrested in 2014.
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