ARIZONA - Undocumented illegal immigrant Rene Ortiz Quintana stole the identity of a dead solider to get benefits totaling close to $30,000. The 69-year-old Quintana had been using the identity of Ruben J. Gallardo who died in 1994.
According to police the illegal immigrant used the stolen identity to obtain an Arizona identification card, state health card, Phoenix health plan card and a VA choice card (allowing veterans to receive medical care at Non-VA facilities) in addition to social security benefits.
Quintana received benefits totaling $29,062.19 and has been charged with fraudulent schemes, theft and seven counts of identity theft along with six counts of forgery. Police say Rene Ortiz Quintana has been living illegally in the United States illegally for 50 years.