Alleged ID thief pleads not guilty

A woman arrested on July 27 has pleaded not guilty in Mower County Court to charges that she stole someone’s identity to work in Austin.

Carmen Lazaro-Cacari, 25, pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony forgery for false identification and misdemeanor identity theft.

A police inquiry from Texas originally revealed that a woman living in Austin, Minn., was allegedly using another’s identity to work at Austin Packaging Company. A Texas woman told her local authorities that someone stole her identity and was using it at Austin Packaging Company, according to the complaint. A detective discovered who the alleged identity thief was — Lazaro-Cacari — and arrested her at her home on the 600 block of North Main Street in Austin on July 27. The complaint adds Lazaro-Cacari voluntarily gave the detective her documents, which included the victim’s birth certificate and social security card. Lazaro-Cacari allegedly used the documents to get a Minnesota ID.

The detective also found an EBT card for food assistance, medical documents from Mower County Human Services revealing her true identity, a Mexico Matricula card and Mexico birth certificate.

Lazaro-Cacari is held in the Mower County jail on $50,000 bail. Her next court appearance is Oct. 12.

 

Education

SMEC graduates tell their own tales of success

Business

Company that owns Austin radio stations lays off on-air personalities, part of sweeping move

Mower County

Institute dedicated to moving forward despite missing out on bonding dollars

Mower County

Institute Community Outreach and Education manager receives grant to expand STEM education offerings

News

Tornado devastates Iowa town, killing multiple people as powerful storms rip through Midwest

Mower County

Unmarked grave of Civil War veteran who fought at Shiloh, among other battles, gets memorial plaque

Mower County

Tuesday storm knocks out power to many, downs trees and branches

Business

Going hog wild for ice cream

Business

Herald moving to new location

Mower County

Work on next I-90 bridge slated to start soon

Education

Photos: Pacelli prom — a night of eloquence and bowling

Mower County

Mueller-supported bills gets green-lit

News

Defense rests without ex-President Trump taking the witness stand in his New York hush money trial

News

Rochester City Council member expelled from meeting

News

Minnesota will use a climate roadmap for state investments

News

Bad weather hampers search for 2 who went over waterfall in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Mower County

SE Minnesota Democrats endorse Allie Wolf for Minnesota House seat 26B

Mower County

Man accused in the death of Melissa Rack again changes plea back to guilty

Mower County

Riverland PTK chapter making broad impacts

Education

Designed Opportunity: Austin senior puts design skills to the test for district

Mower County

Service provides a moment of peace

News

Army will present Purple Heart to Minnesota veteran 73 years after he was wounded in Korean War

News

Monarch population, host plants hurting from climate change. Expert shares how to help

Mower County

Austin Area Foundation launches scholarship for STEM education