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* Rachel Ochoa employee of the U.S. Social Security Administration in San Jose arrested for allegedly issuing fraudulent Social Security

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A 29-year employee of the U.S. Social Security Administration in San Jose has been arrested and indicted on charges of issuing fraudulent Social Security cards.Rachel Ochoa, 66, of San Jose, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Jose on Wednesday on two criminal counts. The charges are unlawful production of a federal identification document and theft of government property.The indictment replaces a previous criminal complaint issued on Nov. 8.Ochaoa was arrested at her office on Nov. 9, taken to federal court for an initial appearance and released on $50,000 bail. Her next court hearing is before U.S. Magistrate Patricia Trumbull in San Jose on Monday. An FBI affidavit filed with the earlier complaint alleged that people who wanted cards paid middlemen amounts ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to obtain the cards.Ochoa allegedly fabricated documents to support the Social Security card application and falsely claimed that required application interviews had taken place.The indictment does not say how many fraudulent cards Ochoa allegedly issued, but the affidavit gave six examples of alleged sales of illegal cards in the past several years. If Ochoa is convicted, the two counts carry a possible maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, but the actual penalty would be determined after consideration of federal sentencing guidelines.

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