MCSO: Blind woman's identity stolen to gain employment

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say a  54-year-old Tempe woman is behind bars in connection with the theft of a blind woman's identity.

MCSO spokesperson Christopher Hegstrom said the woman was arrested Friday for using stolen documents to gain employment.

Hegstrom said the suspect, a housekeeper at the 3 Palms Hotel in Scottsdale, admitted to detectives she paid $35,000 for a stolen Social Security Card and Arizona Driver's license from someone on the street.

Deputies said the victim, who lives in Mesa, discovered the crime when she was denied benefits through the Department of Economic Security because her earned wages were associated with identity theft.

Hegstrom said the suspect was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail and charged with five counts of aggravated identity theft and five counts of forgery.

MCSO officials said the victim told deputies she would aid in suspect's prosecution.



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