In November, a Sheriff’s Investigator received a fraud referral regarding a Nicollet County  public assistance recipient possibly stealing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits  that actually belonged to a party in the State of Washington. The investigation found that  the suspect stole the identity of a real person out of the State of Washington where he was  able to change banks of an SSI recipient to his own. The suspect also applied and obtained  public assistance benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medical  Assistance) under the stolen identity. 

Further investigation during a residential search warrant found that the suspect had  outstanding medical bills of more than $70,000 and credit cards in the victim’s name from  the State of Washington. It was also discovered the suspect had stolen another identity of  another real person out of the State of Michigan.  

The suspect is being charged in Nicollet County for the following:  

Suspect: Martin Castro Rangel – Age 74, from St. Peter, MN. 

COUNT 1 

Charge: Identity Theft-Transfers/Possesses/Uses Identity of Other Person Minnesota Statute: 609.527.2, with reference to: 609.527.3(3), 609.52.3(3) 

Maximum Sentence: 5 years, $10,000 fine or both 

Offense Level: Felony 

Offense Date (one or about): 09/01/2020 to 12/03/2021 

COUNT 2 

Charge: Wrongfully Obtaining Assistance-Theft- By False Stmts, Concealment,  Impersonation 

Minnesota Statute: 256.98.1(1), with reference to: 609.52.3(2) 

Maximum Sentence: 10 years and/or $20,000 

Offense Level: Felony 

Offense Date (on or about): 09/01/2020 to 12/03/2021

COUNT 3 

Charge: Public Assistance/Food Stamp/Food Support – Declaration Requirement Minnesota Statute: 256.984.2, with reference to: 256.984.2 

Maximum Sentence: 5 years, $10,000 fine or both 

Offense Level: Felony 

Offense Date (on or about): 09/01/2020 to 12/03/2021