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 Thursday. He will face permanent deportation from the country after serving his sentence.
The Marine was stationed overseas in 2008, at the time Alcantara used his 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 Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif.
Police from Arkansas City and San Diego tracked the accounts to Alcantara with the 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 returning. He faces more prison time should he be caught in the United States.