An illegal immigrant named Benita Cardona-Gonzalez has been accused of “completely assuming the persona” of a Houston woman named Candida Gutierrez.

How Did Gonzalez "Completely Assume the Persona" of Gutierrez?

  • She opened bank accounts as Gutierrez
  • She opened credit accounts as Gutierrez
  • She used Gutierrez’s entire persona to get a job
  • She used Gutierrez’s entire persona to get a driver's license
  • She used Gutierrez’s entire persona to get a mortgage
  • She used Gutierrez’s entire persona to get food stamps
  • She used Gutierrez’s entire persona to get medical care for the birth of two children
  • She claimed the real Gutierrez was the one who had stolen her identity

Gonzalez pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing fraudulent identification documents and will face an 18-month term in prison.  Moreover, according to a news source, “as part of the plea deal, Cardona-Gonzalez agreed not to contest deportation after serving her sentence.”

Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone fraudulently uses your personal information, such as your Social Security Number, credit card or bank account number, or other valuable identifying information for financial gain or criminal purposes.

Identity fraud is dangerous and needs to be penalized strictly.  If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, contact the police and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.  You may also want to speak to a qualified identity theft attorney to help restore your stolen identity.

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