Authorities said a woman who entered the country illegally in 2000 used a stolen identity to work for more than a decade at a Lincoln County cabinetry manufacturer.
Rhode Montalvo, 46, of Lincolnton, was arrested on a charge of felony identity theft this week. She was released from jail on a $5,000 bail.
The investigation began when a woman in McAllen, Texas, discovered that someone employed at cabinetry maker RSI Home Furnishings near Lincolnton was using her name, date of birth, and Social Security number for employment, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
The victim reported the case to her local police department and the Lincolnton Police Department, which notified the sheriff’s office because RSI is outside the city.
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Montalvo has worked at RSI since 2004, sheriff’s investigators said.
Sheriff’s Detective Richard Calhoun charged Montalvo after interviewing her at RSI.
Attempts by the Observer to reach Montalvo were unsuccessful Friday. A company official at RSI’s corporate offices in Anaheim, Calif., declined to comment on the case.
Staff Researcher Maria David contributed.