- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - State investigators are accusing an 89-year-old Mesa man of fraudulently using identification under the name of his deceased brother for 28 years and say he collected nearly $30,000 in Social Security benefits intended for his brother.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says facial-recognition technology alerted authorities that Frank Becht’s photo was used both to update his own driver’s license and identification for his brother, who died in 1989.

ADOT says agency detectives arrested Becht Aug. 2 on suspicion of forgery and fraudulent schemes.

According to ADOT, investigators determine that the Social Security Administration didn’t know that Kenneth Becht died 28 years ago.

A phone listed under Becht’s name repeatedly rang busy Tuesday. It’s not known whether he has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.


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