- Associated Press - Monday, August 22, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A former employee of Phoenix Rescue Mission has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for stealing Social Security benefits from three homeless people who lived at the mission

A judge last week sentenced Sergio Solarzano on the 43-year-old’s guilty pleas to charges of attempted fraud, theft and taking the identity of another.

Judge Michael D. Gordon of Maricopa County Superior court also ordered Solarzano to pay over $61,000 of restitution to the three victims.

According to the state Attorney General’s Office, Solarzano had access to personal identifying information of people living at the mission and collected its mail.

The office says Solarzano would intercept mail and steal benefits sent to the victims.

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