WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An immigrant living illegally in the United States for decades faces sentencing in an identity theft scheme so ingenious that prosecutors say a California court unwittingly changed the name of the U.S. citizen whose identity he assumed to his own real name.
Wednesday's hearing for 82-year-old Ramon Perez-Rivera brings to a close one of the most unusual identity theft cases in the country.
Prosecutors say that armed with that court order, Perez-Rivera then also changed the victim's California birth record to his own name. He was indicted in December with using the identity to obtain food stamps and Medicaid, a U.S. passport and a driver's license.
He pleaded guilty in August to charges including possession of unlawfully obtained documents and illegal re-entry under a deal sparing him from federal prison.