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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Pratt man charged with Social Security fraud

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  • A federal grand jury has charged a Pratt man with Social Security card fraud in a case involving an attempt to get a loan at The Peoples Bank.
    Abelardo Fernandez-Casas, 38 of Pratt, was indicted in Wichita on Oct. 23. He was charged with one count of possession of an unlawfully obtained Social Security card, one count of using a false Social Security number and one count of making false statements in order to obtain a loan from The Peoples Bank.
    The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2009 and 2012 in Pratt.
    If convicted, Fernandez-Casas faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 for possessing the card, a maximum of five years and $250,000 for using a false number plus a maximum of 30 years and a $1 million fine for making a false statement to obtain a loan, according to a news release from the Office of the United States Attorney's office, District of Kansas.
    Fernandez-Casas is in federal custody pending trial. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.
    Fernandez-Casas is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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