Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says 26-year-old Jose Rosalio Vargas-Vargas of Sioux Center was found guilty by a Sioux County jury on Wednesday (11/21) in Sioux County District Court of the crime of Identity Theft, a Class D Felony.
This case arose on March 13, 2012, when a Colorado man contacted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office to report that someone was using his Social Security number and working at Nyhof Dairy in Sioux County. The victim discovered the identity theft when Colorado authorities cut off his unemployment benefits claiming he was ineligible for benefits due to wages he was earning working in Iowa. The victim informed the Colorado authorities that he had never even been to Iowa, much less worked there. The victim next contacted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office to make the identity theft complaint. As a result of the investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Vargas-Vargas was charged with identity theft for using another person’s Social Security number to fraudulently obtain employment at Nyhof Dairy. Vargas-Vargas is a native of Mexico who is not legally authorized to be employed in the United States. After an arrest warrant was issued, Vargas-Vargas was arrested in Council Bluffs, on August 14, 2012. Vargas-Vargas pleaded not guilty and a jury trial was held on November 20-21.
Sentencing is set for December 17, 2012. The maximum penalty for identity theft is an indeterminate prison term not to exceed five years and a fine not to exceed $7,500.