ST. GEORGE – Friday St. George Police arrested Jesus Marin Castillo, of St. George, on four counts of fraud and identity theft.
St. George Police were contacted by a woman who had attempted to obtain government benefits and health care, but was denied when her social security number showed that she had been employed in St. George for years.
Police were able to determine that Castillo had gained employment at several St. George businesses over the years, Sgt. Johnny Heppler said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.
When Heppler went to the businesses he found that Castillo had used a fraudulent social security card that had his name on the card but a social security number belonging to the woman who reported the misuse of her number to the police. Castillo also presented a permanent residency card that had his picture and information on it. However, after further investigation that was found to be fraudulent also.
St. George police were able to track down Castillo and interview him about the alleged offenses.
Castillo admitted to police that he had purchased the fraudulent documents at a flea market in California, the probable cause statement said, he told police he presented them as his for the purpose of getting work because he knew he could not get work without proper documentation.
Castillo had been working at one place of employment for several years, as well as a second job for several weeks before being caught.
Castillo was arrested and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility. Since Castillo is a Mexican national who is in the United States illegally, an administrative immigration hold was also placed on him.
Castillo was charged with one second-degree felony for identity fraud; and three third-degree felonies for forgery.
At the time of this publication, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s booking site, Castillo is still in custody being held on $25,000 bail, as well as the administrative immigration hold.
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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