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Fraud suspect wanted in 3 states arrested outside Phoenix

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Posted at 8:51 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 11:51:43-04

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted in Minnesota and Florida on fraud charges has been arrested in Arizona.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say 71-year-old Benito Yanez of Phoenix also had a warrant out of Mohave County in a probation violation on charges of fraud schemes and forgery. A sheriff’s deputy stopped the car Yanzez was driving Saturday night outside of Wickenburg on suspicion of speeding and having an expired registration.

Authorities say Yanez had a Louisiana driver’s license that appeared fraudulent and a records check showed Yanez had several active warrants. Deputies reported finding a handgun, a fake Arizona identification card and bogus out-of-state ID cards plus credit cards and Medicare cards under a false name.