- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A judge has set a trial date in the case of a Mexican man accused of legally changing a U.S. citizen’s name to his own.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Thursday scheduled the trial of Ramon Perez-Rivera and his wife, Antonia Vargas-Ortega, for Feb. 17. The husband’s attorney hasn’t commented, and the wife’s attorney has said Vargas-Ortega was unaware of any issues.

Prosecutors say Perez-Rivera assumed a false identity to obtain food stamps and Medicaid, obtain a U.S. passport and driver’s license, and register to vote.

The indictment alleges he fraudulently convinced a California court to unwittingly change the legal name of the U.S. citizen whose identity he had stolen. Prosecutors say he also changed the victim’s California birth record to his own name.

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