Scott County

Ky. man charged with stealing Texan's identity

A Lexington man has been arrested in connection with an identity theft investigation across three states. Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his Department of Criminal Investigations arrested Alvaro Rojas, 21, of Lexington in Georgetown on Tuesday. He is charged with identity theft, a Class D felony.

Rojas was released from the Scott County Detention Center after posting bail. A court date was set for Nov. 16 in Scott County, the attorney general's office said in a release.

Investigators began looking into the case after a man in Texas filed his 2007 tax returns and learned that people in three other states were using his Social Security number for employment and identification purposes.

Another person has been arrested for using the same Social Security number in Georgia. There is a case involving the stolen Social Security number in a third state as well, the attorney general's office said.

The maximum sentence for identity theft ranges from one to five years in prison, if convicted.

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