PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A native of Guatemala charged with stealing the identity of a Texas man to obtain a Maine identification card, collect welfare benefits and get a job has pleaded guilty to some charges.
Federal prosecutors say Sergio Suhum pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to multiple counts of Social Security fraud, immigration document fraud and false personation of a U.S. citizen.
The Portland Press Herald reports that he pleaded not guilty to theft of public money and aggravated identity theft. He is scheduled for trial on those charges next week.
Authorities say Suhum, who has lived in Auburn and Brunswick since 2008, used the other man’s name, birth date, and Social Security number to apply for a Maine ID card and a Maine driver’s license.