Illegal immigrant arrested for identity theft

ST. GEORGE – Friday St. George Police arrested Jesus Marin Castillo, of St. George, on four counts of fraud and identity theft.

St. George Police were contacted by a woman who had attempted to obtain government benefits and health care, but was denied when her social security number showed that she had been employed in St. George for years.

Jesus Castillo, of St. George  Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 3, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Jesus Castillo, of St. George Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 3, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Police were able to determine that Castillo had gained employment at several St. George businesses over the years, Sgt. Johnny Heppler said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest.

When Heppler went to the businesses he found that Castillo had used a fraudulent social security card that had his name on the card but a social security number belonging to the woman who reported the misuse of her number to the police. Castillo also presented a permanent residency card that had his picture and information on it. However, after further investigation that was found to be fraudulent also.

St. George police were able to track down Castillo and interview him about the alleged offenses.

Castillo admitted to police that he had purchased the fraudulent documents at a flea market in California, the probable cause statement said, he told police he presented them as his for the purpose of getting work because he knew he could not get work without proper documentation.

Castillo had been working at one place of employment for several years, as well as a second job for several weeks before being caught.

Castillo was arrested and booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility. Since Castillo is a Mexican national who is in the United States illegally, an administrative immigration hold was also placed on him.

Castillo was charged with one second-degree felony for identity fraud; and three third-degree felonies for forgery.

At the time of this publication, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s booking site, Castillo is still in custody being held on $25,000 bail, as well as the administrative immigration hold.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • groanattack October 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Beware the SCUM that walk amongst you!

    • Yes October 6, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Absolutely. And beware of the scum that hire illegals regularly here.

  • Ricky MacGyver October 6, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Jesus, what were you thinking? Didn’t you know what you were doing was very wrong? Jesus, you should have known better and not done that.

  • Coprqwn October 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    He was working while using the number, she was applying for government aid….hmmm.

    • Gary October 6, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Yeah, you know, that obamacare we are all required to have under penalty of jail? Could she just maybe be applying for her Social Security? Or are you simply going to assume (making an idiot out of you) that she is trying to milk the system. After all, it is QUITE obvious that he was milking the system. Snuck into the country illegally, refused to obtain legal residency, refused to obtain legal work permits, refused to obtain legal identity documentation.

  • Billy October 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    This situation happened to my wife when her identity was stolen. We was the ones that had to jump thru all kind of loops with the IRS and other government agencies to get it straightened out. And the person that did it only got probation and to pay us restitution. But haven’t seen any yet and its been over a year now. So people like this that is breaking our laws and trying to ruin other peoples lives and names should be sent back.

  • Koolaid October 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Jesus is being persecuted!

  • Bobber2 October 7, 2014 at 6:22 am

    No Koolaid, Jesus is being prosecuted.

  • M and M cookies October 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Yes stupid for the employer not checking the SA card no.. They are quick to hire illegals, to save money.they should fine or. Lose employers from hiring them.. Why didn.t they check the flea market in California and shut them down, and arrest them for fraud..

  • Beerbelly October 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

    The Employers can use E-Verify run by DOH. If the employee has all of the documentation and DOH approves it there is nothing an employer can do.
    Oh, and you can’t run a person through E-Verify unless you hire them and only new employees can be checked out.
    I know a lady from Australia that was working on false papers.
    The only solution is not to hire somebody that has an accent regardless of what kind it is. They may have forged documents.

  • Beerbelly October 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Doh! I was channeling my inner Homer. That is DOHS (Department of Homeland Security).

  • Hey Zeus October 8, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Flea market, huh…..getting some great ideas. Wait…. we have no flea markets here. Anyone interested in some Tupperware?

  • Beavan October 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    E-verify… maybe someone should tell Olive Garden to do E-verify on its staff. They would be quite surprised ;0)

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