Two Women Arrested for Social Security Fraud

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

Crawfordville, Florida - June 22, 2011

A 29-year-old Gretna woman and a 39-year-old Tallahassee woman were charged with the fraudulent use of personal identification, a third degree felony, following an investigation into the theft of Social Security numbers, according to Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey.

“Reina Fidelina Portillo of Gretna and Florencia Cruz-Ochoa of Tallahassee were arrested June 21 in connection with an investigation that stretched to Utah and Idaho,” said Sheriff Harvey. “The Social Security Administration contacted a female victim in Ogden, Utah and questioned why she was receiving Social Security benefits while also working at a Crawfordville business on Commerce Boulevard. The victim told Social Security that she wasn’t working and had never even heard of Crawfordville, Florida.”

WCSO investigators interviewed the suspects at the business and discovered that the two women purchased Social Security numbers with cash in Leon and Gadsden counties to gain employment. Cruz-Ochoa told investigators that she arrived in the United States from Mexico five years ago without documentation. She made her way from Arizona to Tallahassee and worked as a laborer in Gadsden County.

Portillo arrived in the United States from El Salvador and made her way through Texas and Alabama before landing in Gadsden County. The business helped WCSO confirm that the two women used the stolen Social Security information to gain employment.

WCSO investigators contacted the Chubbuck, Idaho victim about the case and she was unaware at the time that she was a victim of Social Security fraud.

The two women were transported to the Wakulla County Jail where they are being held under $5,000 bonds.

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  • by Shorty on Jun 23, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    Quick....David. Don't call Keith, Donnie, or Maurice. What are the names of those arrested, what they were arrested for, and the names of investigators. I thought so.... you have no idea.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jun 23, 2011 at 04:26 AM
    Well, so much for the arguement that illegal aliens are hard working and law abiding. We need to do a recheck of ALL holders of social security numbers and those receiving their social security and Medicare benfits should be required to produce indisputable evidence of their identity. Once that is done, they should be fingerprinted and that fingerprint placed on any relevant cards. Then a DNA sample taken to provide future identification. Once that is done, access to fingerprint identification should be provided Social Security offices and a review of recipients' fingerprints done once every three years.
  • by Here in Hee Haw Hell on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:36 PM
    Illegal aliens have always been a problem. Ask any native American.
  • by my my Location: tallahassee on Jun 22, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    just 2 people...
  • by anon Location: wakulla on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    Go to gretna and get the rest of them Portillio's,she is not the only one.
  • by anon Location: protectyourself on Jun 22, 2011 at 06:39 PM
    When you get hungry, you will do whet ever it takes to feed you kids. I have work with these people, the Portillio family. Every one of them paid eight thousand, US dollars, to get here. I have seen them put 15 , 16 year old kids on construcison job. They were still paying the Coyote at that time. I thank it was Five Hundred a week, for the one kid. And as long as you have employers with there hands tied, and they can't and don't wont to question them, or there paper work,you will all ways have a supply of Portillio's, If what is her real name? Just get you some Identity theft shield insurance and you can make sure, this don;t happen to you..
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      by G W on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:35 AM in reply to anon
      Thanks for the information. The Feds can trace your IP address and request for an interview or even as a witness.
  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on Jun 22, 2011 at 05:22 PM
    THIS is why we need "TOUGH" illegal immigration laws!!
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      by Yankee on Jun 22, 2011 at 07:04 PM in reply to Cheryl
      It's amazing the difference in cultures. Minorities from south of the border will do whatever necessary to work. Minorities north of the Rio Grande will do whatever necessary to avoid it.
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      by white american on Jun 22, 2011 at 09:56 PM in reply to Cheryl
      i would say there are more sorry americans in america than illigals.
  • by Brutal Location: Capital City, Florida on Jun 22, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    Throw the book at these ladies (I would have posted bimbo's, but that would be rude!) After we have the Judiciary take a look at their immigration status (see if they are invaders) we can deport them! (Send them back to their country, that invaded mine!)
  • by Nunni Location: Sneads on Jun 22, 2011 at 03:44 PM
    And, the individual(s) that's out there selling social security numbers - did the law get the individual(s)? Because they are more dangerous-
  • by gravelyconcern Location: S.FL on Jun 22, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    This is why our Legislators should have approved the immigration law - These people probably have ruined the real social security number owners- No telling how many more is out there like that- S.FL is flooding with this kind of thing. These people should be deported immediately - don't waste our tax dollars on jail and court hearings-
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