LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Las Vegas Police Department in reference to an identity theft investigation on March 11, 2011.
The investigation revealed the victim, who lives in the Las Vegas area, discovered his identity was being used by an employee of WCI Communities Management in Bonita Springs. The victim became aware of this when he was notified by the IRS that he owed more than $10,000 in unreported income tax for the year 2009.
Due to the nature of the incident, the case was assigned to detectives with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes Unit.
On April 1, investigators met with representatives of WCI and obtained information on a golf course maintenance worker with the same name as the victim. When detectives located the suspect, they asked him his name. He told detectives his allegedly falsified name, which happened to be the same as the victim's. He was then asked for identification. The suspect provided a Guatemalan Consular card with the name Alberto Francisco Matias-Baltazar, 24, of Bonita Springs. Investigators determined the identification was legitimate.
It was discovered that Matias stole the victim's identity by purchasing a fraudulent ID card for the purpose of gaining employment. Detectives learned the suspect had additional fraudulent documents at his home, where it was revealed he paid one thousand dollars per document . Deputies arrested him for Providing a False Name to Law Enforcement.
On April 6, Alberto Francisco Matias was additionally charged with four felony counts of Unauthorized Possession of an Identification Card and one felony count of Criminal Use of Personal Identification.
He remains in the Lee County Jail.