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Identity theft culprit granted probabtion
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A woman who stole someone’s identity so she could get a job at Yorozu has been granted probation.The woman, Catorina Tomas Nicelas, 32, of Cookeville was given an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley on charges of identity theft and criminal simulation.Her probation comes after an investigator with the Identity Crimes Unit out of Cookeville discovered she was using a false Social Security card.“She was using a false Social Security card and Texas identification card,” said investigator Jeff Phann. “The Social Security card and Texas identification card belong to a woman in Texas.”During questioning, Nicelas told the investigator she paid $1,000 for the cards. A further probe revealed Nicelas used the stolen ID to sign her work form at Yorozu.Her arrest comes after another Yorozu employee was convicted of working under a stolen ID. In that case, the employee, Manuel Felipe Manuel, was released on nine days, time-served.