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Longview man sentenced in identity theft case

From Staff Reports
Jan. 29, 2013 at 8:25 a.m.


A Longview man was sentenced to 1 year and 9 months in federal prison today after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit identity theft.

Benjamin Rojas, 39, was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $20,293.93, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office East District of Texas.

According to information presented in court, Rojas stole people's identities by stealing items from mailboxes in East Texas. Rojas then used the information from the stolen mail to produce fake Texas driver licenses, which appeared to be actual temporary licenses.

The licenses were used for identification when passing stolen checks, as well as counterfeit and forged checks, at various businesses in East Texas.

Co-defendant, Robin Watkins is scheduled to be sentenced Mar. 7.

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