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Mexican citizen charged with using disabled veteran’s Social Security number for benefits

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

CINCINNATI – A Mexican citizen was arrested in Warren County this morning on federal charges claiming he stole the identity of a disabled United States veteran.


Fernando Arroyo-Alonso, 58, appeared in federal court this afternoon. He is charged by criminal complaint with false representation of 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 allegedly 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 allegedly obtained a criminal record while using the victim’s identity.


Using another person’s Social Security number is a federal crime punishable by up to five years in prison.


Vipal J. Patel, Acting 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 charges. 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.


A criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


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Updated May 17, 2021

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