- Associated Press - Friday, August 19, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Phoenix Rescue Mission employee has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison for stealing Social Security benefits from the homeless.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office says Sergio Solozano also was ordered to pay more than $61,000 in restitution.

Solozano had pleaded guilty to an attempted fraud scheme, theft and taking the identity of another.

He will serve two probation terms after his release from prison.

Prosecutors say Solozano was indicted after an investigation determined he stole Social Security benefits from three different homeless men that lived at the mission from January 2013 to October 2015.

Solozano had been an employee of the Phoenix Rescue Mission since 2002.

Authorities say he collected the mission’s mail and had access to all personal identifying information of residents.

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