Blind womans identity stolen to gain employment

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a female suspect in connection with the theft of a blind Valley woman’s identity.

Elva Cadenas, 54, was arrested April 11 for allegedly using stolen documents to gain employment at a Scottsdale resort.

Cadenas, a Mexican national now residing in Tempe, had worked as a housekeeper at the 3 Palms Hotel at 77th Street and McDowell Road since July 2013. She admitted to detectives that she paid $350 for a stolen Social Security card and Arizona driver’s license from someone on the street.

The victim, a Mesa resident, discovered the crime when she was denied benefits through Department of Economic Security due to the earned wages associated with the identity theft.

Cadenas was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail and charged with 5 counts of Aggravated Identity Theft (Class 3 Felony) and 5 counts of Forgery (Class 4 Felony).

The victim in this case stated she would aid in prosecution of the suspect.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio commented: “This is the 80th criminal employment operation of workplaces county-wide, resulting in over 560 arrests, conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. It will not be the last.”