On May 21, 40-year-old Prisciliano Mendoza-Castro was arrested on charges of felony tampering with records after he allegedly provided false information on his records for worker’s comp. The sheriff’s office said he pled guilty to falsification and awaits his sentence.
On May 23, 21-year-old Uriel Valdovinos was arrested on charges of forgery after he provided his employer with a forged Social Security card in order to be hired. According to officials, it was discovered when the investigation learned that the Social Security number he had provided on his workers’ comp record was not his. He pled guilty to misdemeanor attempted theft and awaits sentencing.
On June 12, 18-year-old Ricardo Ayala-Rojas was arrested on charges of identity fraud after allegedly using the Social Security number of a man from West Virginia. Officials say the man was contacted and made aware of the identity theft.
According to officials, the three men arrested had received nearly $60,000 in workers’ compensation benefits. They were identified as illegal immigrants and holders for deportation have been placed on them by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.