Former APD Officer Charged with Unsworn Falsification

Alaska state prosecutors have filed a criminal charge of unsworn falsification against a former Anchorage police officer accused of living in the country illegally under a stolen identity.

The Office of Special Prosecutions says Rafael Mora-Lopez knowingly submitted false applications to collect thousands of dollars in Permanent Fund dividends.

Prosecutors say he has agreed to plead guilty to the charge, a felony,  and pay restitution for more than $27,000 in dividends.

Mora-Lopez lived in Alaska more than two decades as Rafael Alberto Espinoza, a U.S. citizen now living in Mexico.

Mora-Lopez pleaded guilty earlier this month to federal counts of passport fraud and false claims of U.S. citizenship.

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