Accused ID thief to cops: Arrest real criminalsVideo here.
Katie McDevitt, East Valley Tribune, June 4, 2008
A suspected identity thief told police on Tuesday to arrest "real criminals" instead of a â€?good family manâ€? like himself, court records said.
Adan Betancio Guerrero, 36, of Mesa is accused of stealing someone elseâ€™s Social Security number and using it to purchase two homes and two vehicles. The records stated Betancio racked up $787,000 in loans and has tried to get a job using the victimâ€™s personal information.
A police search of Betancioâ€™s home turned up mortgage paperwork, pay stubs and other bills that listed a false Social Security number.
The case came to the attention of authorities after a credit union doing a loan on a $33,000 truck noticed that they already had a customer with the same Social Security number. They contacted that customer, a 24-year-old woman, and learned that her identity had been stolen.
Betancio told police he is an illegal immigrant.