QPP worker charged with forgery

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A 25-year-old man residing in Austin was charged with aggravated forgery last week after a corrections officer reported that he had been working in town with an alias.

Jose Lopez-Garcia appeared Friday on the two counts. He is in custody on $50,000 bail, with an arraignment scheduled for June 10.

According to a criminal complaint, the corrections worker reported the crime to the Austin Police Department on May 16. The agent said he had been working with Lopez-Garcia on a separate pre-sentence investigation form when the defendant admitted that he had been working at Quality Pork Processors as “Andrew Scott Doria” for the past six years.

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Ten days later, Austin police met Lopez-Garcia at QPP and obtained his employment documents, which were all in the “Doria” name. Lopez-Garcia admitted to police that he purchased the false name from a man named “Oscar” in Marshalltown, Iowa, after coming to the U.S. from Mexico about 10 years ago.

Lopez-Garcia said he no longer had the documents he purchased, but said he parlayed them into a fraudulent Minnesota ID, which he turned over to police.