An Illinois man suspected of living in the United States illegally is also charged with identity theft. Vincente Zaragoza is accused of using the Social Security number of another person to obtain employment at an Illinois business and also used the stolen identity to collect unemployment.
Thanks to the stolen Social Security number, Zarazoga collected over $119,000 in four years of working. The person whose SSN Zarazoga was using was denied public aid because it showed she was working when it was actually Zarazoga working.
Zaratoga faces up to 15 years in prison, a $25,000 fine and possible deportation.