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Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

A Monessen man faces a Dec. 7 preliminary hearing for illegally acquiring a second driver's license to obtain additional Social Security benefits.

Sergio Torres-Rosa, 56, was charged by state police Trooper William Coddington with two counts of tampering with public records and one count of falsifying public information before District Judge Joseph Dalfonso.

According to Coddington, the case was initiated after PennDOT's facial recognition software discovered a match between images on two separate operating license numbers.

Coddington said that one driver's license issued in 2001 was established as Sergio T. Rosa, and in 2005 a second license with the identical likeness was issued to Sergio Rosa.

According to police reports, Rosa established separate Social Security numbers at the same time and eventually collected $2,095 in fraudulent benefits.

Coddington said Social Security Administration agents are preparing theft charges to be filed separately against Rosa.

Rosa was released by Dalfonso on signature bond pending his preliminary hearing.

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