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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A Thomasville woman is accused of using the Social Security numbers of two deceased women so she could be eligible to work.

The Thomasville Times reports 32-year-old Azucena Hernandez Martinez was able to work between Feb. 6, 2007 and Sept. 28, 2011 after claiming the Social Security numbers as her own.

Police told the paper Martinez was arrested the Social Security Administration began investigating a complaint regarding the identity theft on Aug. 30.  The agency notified one of her employers, who then reportedly notified local authorities.

“We felt the charges were appropriate,” Sheriff David Grice told the paper.

Martinez, who was employed through temporary agencies at various manufacturing plants across Davidson County, is charged with three counts of identity theft.
She was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond and has a court appearance slated for Sept. 24.