A Bryan woman was arrested this week after authorities said she used another person’s Social Security number for years to apply for several different jobs in Brazos County.
According to Bryan police, in March a Cameron woman filed a fraud report with College Station police. The woman said she had attempted to obtain federal rental assistance and was told her Social Security number showed her to be employed at a company she had never worked for. As a result, she believed her personal information had been stolen.
Authorities spoke with staff at the company and learned that seven years earlier, Estela Elena Cua-Lopez, 31, had applied for a job using the victim’s Social Security number. Further investigation showed she was hired by another business in April using the same number.
Authorities spoke with the woman, who said she had used the victim’s Social Security number to apply for various jobs, including at local hotels. Police said Cua-Lopez admitted she had immigrated illegally and her husband had purchased a fictitious Social Security card for her when she first arrived in the United States.
She is charged with fraudulent use of identifying information, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail and $10,000 in fines. Bond was set for her at $12,000, but she remains in the Brazos County Jail on an immigration hold.