Yakima Man Facing Prison Time For Impersonating Dead Man

A man from Yakima is facing almost 4 years in prison for impersonating a dead man to get benefits.

Fifty-four-year-old Guillermo Cardenas pleaded guilty earlier this month in United States District Court to theft and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say Cardenas used the identity of a dead man from Texas to get benefits through the state Department of Social and Health Services.

Prosecutors say Cardenas received financial, medical and food assistance from the DSHS between January of 2007 and December of 2011.

The judge ordered Cardenas to pay $50,198.15 to the state of Washington.