Disabled Teen's SSN Used By ID Theft Suspect
POSTED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 3:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 3:33pm
LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of using a disabled Arizona teenager’s Social Security number to obtain work at a local construction company.
Andres Guerra-Cortez, 36, a resident of Mexico who has lived in Las Cruces since at least 2009, was arrested on Wednesday and is charged with one count of identity theft.
An investigation revealed that Guerra-Cortez paid $150 for a counterfeit Social Security card and shortly thereafter began using it to obtain employment in the United States. Detectives discovered that Guerra-Cortez has used the Social Security number to obtain work with six different employers and to purchase a vehicle.
Detectives learned that the teen was disabled and was notified by the Social Security Administration that his benefits were about to be discontinued because records indicated he was working in Las Cruces.
The teen had to visit a Social Security office in Arizona to prove his disability and that he was not working in Las Cruces. Records from the Social Security Administration revealed that the teen’s Social Security number was used over the past 10 years in New Mexico, Nevada and California.