A 31-year-old Clinton man is facing a felony charge after using another man’s identity to gain employment at a northern Sampson County packing plant.
Mario Rafael Banegas-Meza, 31, of 121 Forest Hills Lane, Clinton, was charged with identity theft and possession/manufacturing a fraudulent identification. He was arrested Tuesday after investigators linked him to the crime.
According to reports, released Thursday morning, the investigation revealed that Banegas-Meza was working at Martin Meats, located at 1600 Martin Road, in the northern part of the county, using the stolen identity of 41-year-old Enrique Paniagua-Perez from Newton Grove.
Banegas-Meza was using Perez’s Social Security number and his resident alien card. Warrants were immediately taken out for his arrest.
He was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center where he was charged, placed under a $7,500 bond and given a trial date of July 20.
It was not clear how long Banegas-Meza was working at the company.
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