MCSO: 5 arrested in Valley identity theft cases

PHOENIX - Four people were arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office officials accused of using the same name to work at various businesses in the Valley, authorities said.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the investigation started after citizens began contacting authorities over fears that their identities had been stolen.

MCSO alleges the four individuals were using one man's name while working at the Cheesecake Factory, Mesa Country Club, Arizona Tree Work Elite Landscaping, Consolidated Personnel and Old Chicago.

In a second case, authorities arrested one suspect employed at Leach Painting on charges of identity theft. A second female suspect was believed to have been using a stolen identity, but was not apprehended as she quit her job abruptly, according to an MCSO release.

Officials believe she may have been alerted to the investigation.

Arpaio said that the victims in these cases were denied food stamps by the Arizona Department of Economic Security because the agency believed the victims were employed and earning too much money to qualify.

Four of the suspects, according to Arpaio, were held by Immigration Control and Enforcement.

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