Feds: Man in GR stole ID to get wife immigration benefits

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids resident who allegedly stole another man’s identity and citizenship status to try to obtain immigration benefits for his wife is going to prison.

A federal judge recently sentenced 42-year-old Franklin J. Flores to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. As part of his plea deal, he also entered a guilty plea for falsely claiming U.S. citizenship on a form to get his wife into the country.

The U.S. Attorney says they were  alerted to the situation when a New Mexico man reported Flores had stolen his identity. On Jan. 20, 2017, authorities searched Flores’ Grand Rapids home and found a pistol and 11 rounds of ammunition.

Flores wasn’t allowed to have a gun because of a 2014 conviction for carrying a concealed weapon.

Authorities also determined Flores assumed the New Mexico man’s identity and citizenship so he could petition the government to get his wife immigration benefits.

Judge Janet Neff said Flores’ actions were some of the most egregious she’s seen, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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