YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Yakima man who used a dead Texas man's identity to collect welfare benefits pleaded guilty in federal court to theft and identity theft and was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.
The state Department of Social and Health Services says 54-year-old Guillermo Diaz Cardenas also was ordered to pay $50,000 to the state of Washington.
The department says he used a Texas birth certificate and the man's Social Security card to collect financial, food and medical assistance from January 2007 to December 2011.
The case was investigated by state and federal agents. Cardenas pleaded guilty Feb. 6.