Guilty plea expected by Alaska officer

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Posted: Jun 17, 2011 4:31 AM
Guilty plea expected by Alaska officer

A former Anchorage police officer accused of being an illegal immigrant living under a stolen identity is expected to plead 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 is scheduled to appear in 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.

Mora-Lopez lived in Alaska more than two decades as Rafael Alberto Espinoza, a U.S. citizen who lives in Mexico.

Earlier this month, Mora-Lopez pleaded guilty to federal counts of passport fraud and false claim of U.S. citizenship after initially pleading not guilty to an original count of passport fraud.