Guatemalan man gets 16 months on fraud charges

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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 8:32 AM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Guatemalan man convicted of stealing the identity of a Texas man to obtain a Maine identification card, collect welfare benefits and get a job in Maine has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1wrdOmg ) reports that Sergio Suhum, who had lived in Auburn and Brunswick since 2008 under the name of a Hidalgo County, Texas, man, was also ordered Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to pay more than $1,300 in restitution.

The 26-year-old Suhum pleaded guilty in November to Social Security fraud, immigration document fraud and false personation of a U.S. citizen. He was acquitted in February of aggravated identity theft.

Suhum used the other man's name, birth date, and Social Security number to apply for a Maine driver's license and ID card.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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