Phone call prompts arrest for fake social security card |

Phone call prompts arrest for fake social security card

Aspen police arrested a 29-year-old woman Wednesday after a California resident reported someone else using her social security number, according to court documents.

Ivonneth Petatan-Silva was charged with felony criminal impersonation and released on a $2,500 bond, according to an affidavit filed in Aspen District Court.

The case began Wednesday morning, when an unemployed woman who lives in government subsidized housing in California called Aspen police, the affidavit states.

“Her landlord told her that her housing qualifications are in jeopardy because she had work history in Aspen, Colorado, in 2013 through 2016,” according to the affidavit. “She told the landlord she has never worked in Aspen, Colorado.”

An Aspen police officer visited Frias Properties in Aspen, one of two business names provided by the California woman, and learned that Petatan-Silva provided the woman’s social security number while employed at the business between 2011 and 2015, the affidavit states. The officer learned that Petatan-Silva was currently employed at Aspen Square Condominums, according to the affidavit.

The next day, a Spanish speaking officer interviewed Petatan-Silva, who said she bought the social security card in Los Angeles. She said she thought she also bought a permanent resident card at the same time, though she could not produce either card, the affidavit states.

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