WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man convicted of identity theft will serve three years of supervised probation for the offense.
Noe Martin-Lopez, 33, was arrested in June 2019 when an officer conducting a traffic stop ran the vehicle's plates and learned that the vehicle was registered to someone who had reported being a victim of identity theft. Martin-Lopez also had a driver's license bearing the name of the victim.
Following his arrest, Martin-Lopez told police that he had been using the false name for more than two years and that he had purchased the identity information from someone in Windom for $1,500.
He was charged with identity theft, forgery and giving a peace officer a false name. Martin-Lopez pleaded guilty to identity theft, and the other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. He was sentenced Tuesday morning.
Fifth Judicial District Judge Sherry Haley granted Martin-Lopez a stay of imposition, meaning that she did not impose a specific prison sentence and allowed him to serve probation instead, provided that he abides by the terms of probation for the entire duration.
Haley also ordered Martin-Lopez to pay a fine of $500, which he may work off through community service.