Woman Gets Prison Time In ‘Total Identity Theft’


AP — An illegal immigrant accused of assuming a Texas teacher’s persona has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Benita Cardona-Gonzalez pleaded guilty in January to possessing fraudulent identification documents in a deal with prosecutors. The Mexican national has been living in Topeka.

Monday’s sentencing was the first time Candida Gutierrez, the Houston elementary school teacher who was the victim in the case, saw Cardona-Gonzalez. The case put a face on the growing crime of “total identity theft” in the U.S.

Gutierrez says she wanted her identity thief to see the person who paid the price for her living her dream. She says Cardona-Gonzalez’s dream was her nightmare.

For 12 years, Cardona-Gonzalez used Gutierrez’s identity to get a job, credit, a mortgage, food stamps and medical care.

  • TD


  • Rob

    18 months is not enough time, she should get at least one year for every year she was using the other persons identity which would be 12 years, and then after that be sent back to mexico since she is illegal to be here

    • TD

      Amen Rob!

  • Jusy sayin..

    I agree Rob!