An Oregon man pleaded responsible this week to theft of presidency funds and making false statements in connection to stealing the id of a deceased baby a long time in the past and utilizing it to gather retirement advantages, federal authorities stated.
Robert Lizarraga, 70, admitted to fraudulently gathering retirement advantages from a stolen id, in keeping with courtroom paperwork from federal courtroom within the District of Oregon. Prosecutors say Lizarraga stole the deceased baby’s id in 1990 and commenced utilizing it for his work historical past the following 12 months.
Lizarraga, of Gresham, Oregon, cashed in $12,509.60 from retirement advantages from the Social Security Administration he was not entitled to. He additionally deposited a $1,200 test he falsely obtained from the Inner Income Service, courtroom paperwork state. These offenses occurred from August 2017 via June 2020, courtroom information said.
He used the figuring out data of the lifeless baby to fraudulently get hold of a Social Security quantity in April 1990, after which used that id as his personal from then on.
“His work historical past was below his true identify till 1991, after which his work historical past was below the false id,” in keeping with a plea settlement filed on June 2.
Lizarraga additionally collected retirement advantages from his true id, information stated.
He was sentenced to 2 years of probation on Monday, though he was going through as much as 10 years imprisonment.
Courtroom paperwork stated prosecutors took into consideration Lizarraga’s lack of current legal historical past, his well being points and the way he finally cooperated with authorities.
He paid again the Social Security Administration in full, and in keeping with a courtroom submitting from Sept. 8, he informed prosecutors he despatched the IRS a test for the $1,200 he owed.
Lizarraga couldn’t be reached Wednesday. A spokeswoman with the federal public defender’s workplace declined remark.
Lizarraga informed the choose he went to a courthouse and obtained the lifeless baby’s identify and birthdate from courtroom information, The Oregonian reported. It’s unclear if he had recognized the kid or what motived him to steal the id.
The Related Press contributed.