- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested three people on identity theft charges, one in Mesa and two in Phoenix.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says a 34-year-old man has been arrested for using stolen identification to get a job at a Mesa restaurant. The investigation began in August when a woman reported being denied benefits, including food stamps, after being told that her household income was too high.

Detectives eventually learned the suspect had been using the victim’s identify. Arpaio says the suspect was in the country illegally.

He says two other identity theft arrests were made this week at a Phoenix business after a four-month investigation.

All three suspects are held on suspicion of identity theft and forgery.

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