ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV/Gray News) – A man arrested in North Carolina on identity theft charges is accused of using dozens of false names over several years to get out of criminal charges, according to deputies.
When charged last week, the 46-year-old man said his name was Vincente Barrera and later said his name was Jorge Ortiz-Zaragoza, WBTV reported.
Deputies discovered that the name Ortiz-Zaragoza was being used as an alias in FBI records to try to extricate himself from criminal charges.
Authorities said Ortiz-Zaragoza has confessed it was not his true identity and said he has used 27 names in the past.
After fingerprinting the man, deputies found he had used up to 35 different names.
Immigration and Customs Records show that Ortiz-Zaragoza has been deported five times.
The criminal history associated with those fingerprints includes multiple drug crimes in addition to the assault charge, WBTV reported.
The investigation is ongoing and Ortiz-Zaragoza, who is listed as Vincente Barrera in the remand prison, has been jailed on $10,000 bail for identity theft and assaulting a woman.
Barrera is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
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