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Man posed as illegal immigrant to avoid prison, police say

November 3, 2011 |  4:48 pm

Jaime Alvarado, welcome to the annals of truth-is-stranger-than-fiction crime stories.
           
The Salt Lake City man was facing cocaine and heroin possession charges last year that could have sent him to prison for up to 15 years, the Associated Press reported. So Alvarado, 27, came up with a novel solution.

He got deported.

Alvarado told law enforcement and immigration officials that his name was Saul Quiroz and that he’d sneaked across the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, the AP said. Authorities shipped him back to what they believed was his country of origin.

Instead of vanishing into a beach town or big city, however, Alvarado returned to the U.S. And earlier this year, he got arrested. In Salt Lake City. Again.

Alvarado admitted his fake identity to the court and begged a judge to cut him a break on the drug possession charges he'd fled. "It's my first offense and my last. I want to spend the rest of my life with my kids!" he wrote in a letter to the judge, the AP said.

Alvarado was supposed to report to state authorities in June. He never showed.

A $50,000 warrant for his arrest was issued this week.

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--Ashley Powers in Las Vegas

Twitter.com/ashleypowers

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