Ex-Alaska officer pleads guilty to state charges

June 17, 2011 - 3:14 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former Anchorage police officer accused of being an illegal immigrant living under a stolen identity has pleaded guilty to a separate charge that he illegally collected thousands of dollars in dividends from Alaska's oil-rich savings account available only to legitimate residents.

Rafael Mora-Lopez made the plea in Anchorage Superior Court Friday on the felony count of unsworn falsification. Prosecutors say the charge applies to someone who knowingly submits a false application for dividends from the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Prosecutors say he handed over a cashier's check for more than $27,000 to revenue officials before Friday's hearing. Sentencing in the case is set for Sept. 16.

Mora-Lopez lived in Alaska more than two decades as Rafael Alberto Espinoza, a U.S. citizen who lives in Mexico. Earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to federal counts of passport fraud and false claim of U.S. citizenship.