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Mexican Citizen Sentenced to Federal Prison for Using Disabled Veteran’s Social Security Number for Benefits

January 13, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Ohio:

CINCINNATI – Fernando Arroyo-Alonso, 59, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to one year and one day in prison for stealing the identity of a disabled United States veteran.

The defendant was arrested in Warren County in May 2021 for misusing a Social Security number.

According to court documents, in May 2019, Arroyo-Alonso submitted an online application for Title XVI Supplemental Security Income benefits using the identity of a disabled veteran who also receives Title XVI Supplemental Security Income and Veterans Affairs benefits.

The defendant used the victim’s identity, date of birth and Social Security number to obtain an Ohio driver’s license in the victim’s name. In actuality, the victim does not reside in Ohio.

Arroyo-Alonso also obtained a criminal record while using the victim’s identity.

After serving his sentence, Arroyo-Alonso will be deported to Mexico.

Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Andrew Boockmeier, Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General (SSA-OIG), announced the sentence imposed today by Senior U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett. The U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Ohio BMV and the Hamilton Township Police assisted with this investigation. Special Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Landry is representing the United States in this case.

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