ST. GEORGE — St. George Police arrested a Hurricane woman Thursday on suspicion of identity theft and forgery.
Officers arrested Maricela Llerenas, 41, of Hurricane, and charged her with two counts of third-degree felony identity fraud and two counts of third-degree felony possession of a forgery device.
According to the probable cause statement filed in conjunction with the arrest, police received information from an anonymous source that Llerenas was a Mexican national who had been previously deported. She had allegedly stolen her cousin’s identity and used it to obtain employment at a Springdale business.
Police were able to verify that the Social Security number and resident alien number Llerenas used to obtain employment belonged to another person, the statement said.
Llerenas was booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility and her bail was set at the time of booking at $20,000.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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