- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Mexican man accused of an identity theft scheme in which he changed a U.S. citizen’s legal name to his own wants court proceedings delayed.

Attorneys for Ramon Perez-Rivera and his wife, Antonia Vargas-Ortega, filed an unopposed motion Tuesday seeking to stall their Feb. 17 trial for 60 days.

Their lawyers say they need more time to review the evidence and evaluate how to proceed.

The couple’s indictment outlines one of the most unusual identity theft cases in the country.

Prosecutors allege Perez-Rivera convinced a court to change the name of the ID theft victim to his own. He is accused of then using that identity to obtain food stamps and Medicaid, register to vote and obtain a U.S. passport and a driver’s license.


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