March 29. 2013 12:09PM

Hollis man charged with stealing identity of soldier


HOLLIS - A Hollis man is under arrest, accused of stealing the identity of a 21-year-old U.S. Army soldier, opening lines of credit in the soldier's name and creating problems for him with the IRS.

Alberto Albearta-Gonzalez, 34, of 201 Silver Lake Road was arrested Thursday on one count of identity fraud.

Police opened an investigation Tuesday after they received a report from the Fort Riley, Kansas soldier. He told police someone in Hollis had used his name and Social Security number, allowing him to work and obtain credit.

Officer David Turgeon determined a man living in Hollis was using the soldier's name, had obtained a New Hampshire driver's license and had registered several vehicles.

About 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Turgeon stopped a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta, that was registered in the soldier's name, on Proctor Hill Road.

Police said the driver, Sabino Olguin Martinez, 45, also of 201 Silver Lake Road, was arrested because he did not have a valid driver's license. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license and released on $500 personal recognizance bail.

Albearta-Gonzalez was arrested Thursday morning for identity fraud when he arrived at the police station to reclaim the Jetta.

Police said Albearta-Gonzalez, using the soldier's personal information, obtained numerous identity documents in his name, obtained lines of credit and created issues with the IRS by using the soldier's Social Security number.

He is being held without bail, based on a detainer issued by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was arraigned Friday in 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.

Olguin Martinez is to be arraigned April 17.

ICE continues to investigate the case.