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A San Benito man has been charged with aggravated identity theft for allegedly posing as a licensed vocational nurse, authorities said.
Juan Manuel Perez, 35, surrendered to authorities Monday. He is expected to make his initial appearance before a federal magistrate judge today.
According to the charges, Perez obtained employment with Cleveland Health Care LLC in McAllen in January 2015, falsely claiming to be an LVN. Perez presented a license number, but it allegedly belonged to another individual of the same name, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Perez is not licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing and is not a LVN, according to the criminal complaint.
The charges allege that Perez posed as an LVN, conducted patient home visits and provided medical services from January 2015 through July 2016 while employed with Cleveland Health Care.
The criminal complaint also alleges Perez had utilized the stolen identification to gain employment with various other area health care institutions including HarlingenMedicalCenter and ValleyBaptistMedicalCenter.
If convicted of making false statements relating to health care matters, Perez faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.
The aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory two-year additional prison term, upon conviction, which must be served consecutive to any other prison sentence.