A Kent man who used a homeless man’s identity for about 15 years will spend the next several in prison.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez sentenced 62-year-old Richard Alan Dyson to two years, three months in prison Thursday in federal court.
Dyson used a homeless man’s identity to work in construction while also getting disability benefits.
When the homeless man tried to get Social Security benefits, he was denied at first, because the other man’s work history was under his name.
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That’s how investigators learned of the fraud, and Dyson was arrested in 2015.
His union membership, training and dues were handled under the name of the homeless man, who lived in Denver.
Dyson pleaded guilty last year to felony theft of public funds and aggravated identity theft in the case.