Escondido Police Arrest Identity Theft Suspect

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04/07/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lt. C. Carter, 760-839-4487

On Wednesday, April 6, 2011, Detectives from the Crimes of Property Unit arrested Eduardo Cervantes Aguila, 42 (see photo), for Identity Theft.  Aguila, an illegal alien from Mexico, had been working in Escondido since 2005 by using someone else’s name and social security number. The victim of the identity theft was notified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that he owed over 17,000 dollars in unpaid taxes.

The victim contacted the IRS regarding the unpaid taxes and determined that he was a victim of identity theft.  The victim filed a police report with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Since the identity theft occurred in Escondido, the Sheriff’s Department forwarded the case to Escondido PD for follow-up.

Escondido Detectives followed up on the information provided and arrested the suspect at his place of work. The suspect used a fakeCaliforniadriver’s license and social security card to gain employment and had been working under the alias since 2005.

The suspect was booked into Vista Detention Facility for violation of PC 530.5(a) - Identity Theft and PC 114 – Use of False Citizenship Documents. While at Vista Detention Facility, Immigration and Custom Enforcement issued a hold.

Eduardo Cervantes Aguila

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.

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