Illegal immigrant uses identity of sheriff's deputy to get work

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Leobardo Estrada-Robles is accused of stealing a sheriff's deputy's identity By Jennifer Thomas Leobardo Estrada-Robles is accused of stealing a sheriff's deputy's identity By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County sheriff's deputies arrested an illegal immigrant after they say he stole a deputy's identity to get a job.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Leobardo Estrada-Robles, 31, used the identity of a deputy, including his Social Security number, to work in the United States illegally.

A deputy told the sheriff's Employer Sanctions Unit that the U.S. Social Security Administration claimed he owed $2,354 for employment at two separate construction companies in the Valley where he had never worked.

After a short investigation, Employer Sanctions Unit detectives confirmed that Estrada-Robles was working at both companies using the deputy's identity.

The construction companies positively identified the suspect, who they referred to by the deputy's name.

After obtaining a search warrant for Estrada-Robles' home, deputies seized several other forms of identification, including permanent residence cards printed with several different names all containing Estrada-Robles' photo.

Deputies arrested Estrada-Robles Wednesday evening. He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on several counts of aggravated identity theft.

According to the sheriff's office, Estrada-Robles was previously deported from the United States and returned illegally.

"This illegal immigration problem is out of hand and can affect anyone, as in this case, where a law enforcement officer has had his identity stolen and runs the risk of his credit being affected," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.