Ark City worker sentenced for stealing Marine's identity

WICHITA -- A man from Mexico who was illegally in the United States will go to prison for a year after stealing the identity of a U.S. Marine.

Inocente Monroy Alcantara, 26, worked at a meat processing plant in Arkansas City under the identity of a Marine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

After serving his sentence, Alcantara will also face permanent deportation from the country under federal law.

The Marine was stationed overseas at the time Alcantara used the soldier's name to get the job at Creekstone Farms.

The Marine, who has asked that his name not be released publicly, started receiving phone calls and letters from collection agencies upon returning from duty in 2009. The contacts concerned accounts the Marine said he had not opened.

The soldier was stationed at the Marine Air Corps Base Miramar in San Diego, Calif.

Police from Ark City and San Diego tracked the accounts to Alcantara with the help of the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren handed down the sentence Wednesday in Wichita.

Alcantara, who told the court he was born in Mexico City, pleaded guilty Nov. 10 to document fraud.

That's an aggravated felony under the Immigration and Nationality Act. It will result in his automatic removal from the country after he completes his federal prison sentence.

Under the act, Alcantara is banned for life from applying for readmission. He faces more years in prison should he be caught returning to the U.S.