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Arizona man allegedly used stolen identities to get driver’s licenses

(Photo: ADOT)

PHOENIX — A Goodyear resident is accused of using stolen identities to obtain Arizona commercial driver licenses, open a business and purchase a home.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, 41-year-old Jose Casas was arrested on Monday.

Detectives used facial recognition training and technology to link his photo from a recent driver’s license renewal to two others in the department’s database.

Authorities said Casas applied for an Arizona commercial driver license in 2007 using a forged Illinois commercial driver license under the name of a Texas resident.

He then allegedly used the stolen identity to open a trucking business, purchase vehicles for the business, and purchase personal vehicles and a house in Goodyear.

Casas also had two other Arizona commercial driver licenses under stolen identities, both of which are currently under medical suspension.

Casas was booked at the Fourth Avenue Jail on “several counts” of forgery and fraud schemes as well as mortgage fraud.

He was also found to have an an outstanding warrant from 1996 in Illinois for failure to appear on drug charges, including delivery of narcotic drugs and possession of cocaine and was booked as a fugitive.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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