Woman facing forgery count

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Isela Bravo Roblero, 37, has been charged with forgery, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On June 21, a Fairmont police officer received a phone call from a woman who indicated she is from Texas and is the victim of identity theft. She said she had been informed that someone has been using her Social Security number to work in Fairmont. She said she contacted the local employer of the individual and was told there was nothing the employer could do.

The woman said she had run a credit check that night and found more information on the individual using her personal information. She said the individual had taken out a vehicle loan on May 15 with a listed address in the 1500 block of Albion Avenue in Fairmont. She also provided the VIN number for the 2016 Toyota Camry that was purchased.

On June 23, another officer was on routine patrol when he observed the vehicle in question pull into the Johnson Street Apartments. The officer observed the vehicle was being driven by a male with a female passenger.

The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who identified himself. The female identified herself as Roblero. When asked who owned the vehicle, the man said he was the owner. The officer arranged for the driver to go to his residence and obtain the paperwork so he could review it.

The officer followed the driver and Roblero to a residence in the 1500 block of Albion Avenue, the same property listed in the vehicle purchase information. Upon viewing the contract, the officer observed the name of the woman in Texas. When asked about the woman, the man said she was a friend who lived in Mankato.

Officers spoke with Roblero, who denied knowing the woman in Texas, saying she was neither family nor friend. The driver agreed to come to the Law Enforcement Center to talk further regarding the vehicle, and was joined by Roblero and an interpreter. During the interview, the man said the woman in Texas is a friend, but he did not know where she lived and had no way of contacting her.

The officer advised that the woman was a real person living in Texas whose identity was stolen. When asked if Roblero knew the woman, he said, “Yes.” The officer then spoke with Roblero with the assistance of the interpreter.

Roblero was advised of her rights and admitted she used the woman’s Social Security number so she could work in Fairmont. When asked how she obtained the woman’s Social Security number, Roblero said she had purchased the documents a few years ago when she was struggling to find work.