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Illegal immigrant faces identity theft charge

December 01, 2010 | 08:36 AM
An illegal immigrant thought he was making a deal.

In exchange for using a man's Social Security number, the illegal immigrant would make the man's child support payments.

However, it appears he didn't make the deal with the man who owns the Social Security number.

Now, Francisco A. Diaz-Hernandez, 29, 127 Allen St., No. 11, Walworth, has been charged with felony identity theft, financial gain.

If convicted, he faces up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.

Diaz-Hernandez told police he met a man at a party in Burlington who said he was Arturo Sanchez.

However, when police showed Diaz-Hernandez a picture of Sanchez, it wasn't the same man with whom he struck an agreement.

According to the criminal complaint:

An investigator for the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Unemployment Division contacted police because Sanchez had been receiving unemployment benefits for the previous two years, but appeared to be working at the Abbey Resort in Fontana.

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However, Sanchez claimed never to have worked at the Abbey Resort.

Sanchez attended an administrative hearing and resort employees said Sanchez wasn't the same man who worked there.

On Nov. 13, police met with Diaz-Hernandez at the Abbey Resort.

Initially, Diaz-Hernandez identified himself as Sanchez, but then denied it.

At the Police Department, Diaz-Hernandez said about 10 years ago he paid someone $1,500 to help him cross the border.

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That man also provided him with a Social Security number that Diaz-Hernandez used to work at Delco Metal in Delavan for five years.

Diaz-Hernandez said he met Sanchez at a party and they came to an arrangement. He said about $50 was taken out of each of his paychecks to pay child support.

Diaz-Hernandez said the man he thought was Sanchez even took him to the Abbey Resort and helped him fill out a job application.

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