Mesa man accused of using deceased brother's stolen identity for 28 years

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is touting a new system that sounds like it came from a futuristic movie.

The system, which uses a facial recognition system to crack down on fraud involving driver's licenses and ID cards, has already resulted in a Mesa man's arrest.

Frank Becht's "photo" was flagged by the software system, and the software is sorting through millions of pictures in the state's license and ID system. When something is suspicious, detectives will be alerted.

According to Earl Fisher, a detective with ADOT, the 89-year-old's photo was flagged three weeks ago by the system, because it was on two different Arizona driver's licenses.

"It'd be different if one expired 10 years ago," said Fisher. "They are both current driver's licenses. Two different names to one person."

According to Fisher, their investigation revealed that while Frank Becht has one ID, he was also using his late brother, Kenneth Becht's identity.

Kenneth Becht died 28 years ago.

Frank is accused by the state of collecting his brother's Social Security benefits, over the last 28 years.

ADOT says agency detectives arrested Becht Aug. 2 on suspicion of forgery and fraudulent schemes.

According to ADOT, investigators determine that the Social Security Administration didn't know that Kenneth Becht died 28 years ago.

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