For nearly 20 years, Fernando Arroyo-Alonso, a Mexican national who most recently was living in Warren County, claimed to be another man.
That man is a disabled veteran who lives in another state, officials said.
When Arroyo-Alonso was convicted in 2003 and 2006 on drug and then gun charges, it was under the veteran's name. Then in 2013, Arroyo-Alonso pleaded to a reckless driving charge under the veteran's name, prosecutors said in court documents. The charge had been reduced from driving under the influence.
Arroyo-Alonso "compiled all of these convictions under the identity of an American armed services veteran whose identity the defendant stole," prosecutors said. "In other words, because of the defendant, the veteran now has a criminal record in Ohio for crimes he never committed."
Arroyo-Alonso, 59, was sentenced this week in federal court in Cincinnati to one year in prison. He will be deported to Mexico after his release, officials said. He has two children in Mexico, court documents say.
Arroyo-Alonso was arrested in May 2021 on charges related to misusing the veteran's Social Security Number to obtain benefits.
When a special agent interviewed Arroyo-Alonso the previous month, he initially identified himself as the veteran and said the veteran's Social Security Number was his own, according to court documents. Later in the interview, however, Arroyo-Alonso admitted his real name and admitted using the veteran's identity to obtain Social Security benefits, the documents say.
Arroyo-Alonso also had been using an Ohio driver's license that was in the other man's name since at least 2018, the documents say.
The documents don't specify where in Warren County Arroyo-Alonso was living or where he worked, but officials said Hamilton Township police were among the agencies involved in the investigation.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Feds: Man stole veteran's identity, amassed criminal record