- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A former employee at the Phoenix Rescue Mission has been accused of stealing Social Security benefits from a shelter resident.

Authorities say 42-year-old Sergio Solorzano has been was booked into jail on suspicion of fraud, theft and computer tampering charges.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission released him from his position in November following an internal inquiry.

Solorzano is accused of stealing more than $24,000 in Social Security benefits from Jack Fritts, who has lived at the mission for nearly 11 years.

Court documents state that Solorzano helped Fritts apply for Social Security benefits.

Fritts says he can’t recall ever receiving any of the benefits after he applied.

Police say Solorzano admitted making cash withdrawals once a month for the past three years at ATMs in Tolleson and Avondale.

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