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Fraud suspect wanted in 3 states arrested outside Phoenix

By AP | Aug 25, 2020

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

Yavapai County Sheriffís officials said 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 Yanez was driving Saturday night outside of Wickenburg on suspicion of speeding and having an expired registration.

Authorities said Yanez had a Louisiana driver’s license that appeared fraudulent and a records check showed Yanez had several active warrants.

During a search of Yanez’s vehicle, 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.

Sheriff’s officials said Yanez is a prohibited possessor of firearms based on a prior felony conviction.

Yanez was booked into the Camp Verde jail on multiple charges with his bond set at $75,000.

It was unclear Monday if Yanez had a lawyer yet who could speak on his behalf.