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During a recession, obtaining a job becomes more difficult, and finding extra money to get by on can be a real challenge. For Armando Jaramillo Landa, however, the times were good, at least until he was caught.

Armando De Anda was hired for a position at Teppan Steak House in December 2007. He continued to work at the Oxnard, Calif. steak house through August 2008. De Anda’s employment was nothing out of the ordinary; it would not have raised any red flags, except that De Anda did not technically exist.

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