Probation, community service for felony forgery conviction

Published 7:49 am Friday, December 31, 2010

An Austin man whose arrest stemmed from a traffic stop was convicted of felony forgery Thursday in Mower County Court.

Pedro Aguilar Maldonado, 29, was sentenced to three years probation and 40 hours of community service; he will likely be deported.

Police initiated a traffic stop on Maldonado for failing to make a complete stop at a stop sign on Nov. 25. He presented a Mexico driver’s license, at which point the officer was informed by dispatch that his driver’s license had been cancelled. Dispatch also told police the man had three other Minnesota driver’s licenses under different names.

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Maldonado told police his real name is Maldonado, but said he had no other names. When an officer showed him photos from driver’s licenses of Ricardo Rios, Daniel Reyes and Israel Villareal, he admitted the identification cards were his.

The man said he was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and has crossed into the country through Arizona several times. The last time he crossed over was in 2006, when he lived for a short time in North Carolina. Since then he lived in Fairmont under the Reyes identity and in Albert Lea under the Villareal identity.

Maldonado said he used his current identification of Rios to work at Hormel and previously to work at QPP.

Two other charges of aggravated forgery and one charge of driving after cancellation were dismissed when the man previously pleaded guilty to one count of felony forgery.