Since the late 1980’s, Rafael Mora-Lopez has been illegally residing in Anchorage, Alaska with another man’s identity.The strange part is that he has been employed as a legal U.S. cop since 2005. The man known as Rafael Espinoza was widely respected as an exemplary police officer who was popular among his peers in Alaska’s largest city. “The problem, obviously, is he is not Rafael Espinoza,” says Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew. The real Rafael Espinoza is a U.S. citizen who lives outside Alaska.
Soon after the announcement last month, Mora-Lopez appeared in U.S. District Court in Anchorage and pleaded not guilty to a charge of passport fraud, which carries a maximum 10-year sentence. Federal agents processing a renewal request for his passport discovered the alleged fraud. He was taken into custody after authorities searched his home and found documents confirming his true identity, officials said.
Although Mora-Lopez passed the polygraph, fingerprint check, and background check, the case is still being investigated. Many authorities don’t suspect Mora-Lopez meant any harm-he was just a good cop.
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