Francisco Barajas, 31, was arrested in January at his place of employment in Fontana following a workers' compensation fraud investigation, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office.
Barajas is charged with five felony counts of unlawful use of identifying information, according to court records. If convicted He faces three years and eight months in County Prison if he is convicted of the charges.
The defendant is being held on a No-Bail, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, INS hold, according to the news release.
He is scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 27.
"These cases are important because anything an identity thief does with the victims' personal information can impact the victims for the rest of their lives," said Deputy District Attorney Michael Chiriatti, who is assigned to the case. "For example, should an audit ever be conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, the time and expense incurred by this victim or the victim's family to straighten out what the defendant has done could be exorbitant."