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Former Cop Expected to Plead Guilty to Federal ID Theft Charges

Associated Press

June 01, 2011

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A former Anchorage police officer accused of identity theft and of being an illegal immigrant is expected to plead guilty to federal charges.

Rafael Mora-Lopez, who was born in Mexico and lived for years in Alaska as Rafael Espinoza, was scheduled to appear Wednesday in federal court, where he is expected to plead guilty to charges of passport fraud and false claim of U.S. citizenship.

According to court documents filed in May, Mora-Lopez’s wife, Margarita Cynthia Espinoza, had been a neighbor of the real Espinoza in Guadalajara, Mexico. Authorities say Rafael Espinoza is a legal U.S. citizen.

The 47-year-old Mora-Lopez worked as a police officer until his arrest in April. He initially pleaded not guilty to passport fraud and has been out on bail under home confinement and electronic monitoring.

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  • Thinker_max50


    about 3 years ago


    No excuse how this was not caught in a background check. The hiring process is only as good as it's weekest link. Hopefully, the link here will be fixed or replaced...

  • Ralphie_max50


    about 3 years ago


    WOW. The person who did the background check should be fired!!!!!

  • White_shirt_max50


    about 3 years ago


    MarlyB. Interesting news and thanks for sharing. Checks in the mail. I wish this former officer would have played by the rules and became a citizen. The sad part if appeared his heart was in his job.

  • Female_bodysurfer_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Key word "former". Yawn.

    But here's the REAL scoop of the day!!


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  • Cruise_2014_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Dewrah is right. How did he clear the background check? Who is responsible for hiring this guy? Hard-working or not, how he has been exposed as a fraud and it calls everything he did into question.

  • Justified_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Wonder how he cleared the background checks, either way we'll see how this plays out.

  • 309


    about 3 years ago


    Good guy or not, he still broke the law.

  • Segway-police-unit-china_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Makes you wonder kind of process people are up against to do things the ‘right way’ if it’s driving people who want to enforce the law for a living to crime themselves. Many of us blindly uphold the law but don’t know what it’s like from the other person’s perspective. Nor do we care….

  • John_groh_max50


    about 3 years ago


    To bad he didn't take the legal route to become a citizen. From what I have read, he was a hard working Officer. Bad judgement will take you down everytime.

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