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Coulee Dam teacher arrested for identity theft

May face deportation

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Guillermo Guzman

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 9:00 am

GRAND COULEE - A Coulee Dam teacher is facing charges of forgery and identity theft.

Guillermo Guzman, 43, was arrested recently by Coulee Dam police officers and a Border Patrol agent.

It happened after a relative with a similar name was denied Social Security benefits because the agency's records showed he was employed as a Coulee Dam teacher, according to a police report. The relative reportedly said Guzman stayed with him for a short period in 1995 and believes he stole his Social Security information.

Police discovered Guzman, who is from Mexico, appeared to have entered the U.S. illegally. Guzman could also face deportation if convicted.

During an interview with police, Guzman allegedly admitted to using someone else's Social Security number to gain an education and employment in the U.S., according to the police report.

Detective Joseph Lauseng spoke with an employee of the payroll department, who told Lauseng she attempted to verify Guzman's Social Security number and the verification failed because the Social Security number and date of birth did not match, according to reports.

Guzman is now on paid administrative leave, according to Grant Coulee Dam School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson. He added Guzman had raised the school's expectations for performance and behavior.

"He was the type of teacher that held kids to pretty high standards in Spanish," Carlson said. "He was a hard worker. He was one that put in a lot of time before and after school and volunteered to do extra duties when he felt his time and efforts would be to good use."

Guzman was named Lake Roosevelt High School teacher of the month in May last year.

Carlson said Guzman, who was hired as a Spanish teacher by the district in 2008, passed both the Washington State Patrol's background check and the FBI's fingerprint check. Carlson said there was never any suspicion of the allegations.

Guzman holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington and obtained a teaching certificate.

If convicted, Guzman could face a maximum of five years in prison.

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  • K McLeod posted at 4:20 pm on Sun, Apr 28, 2013.

    K McLeod Posts: 293

    Boy, you are so venomous. Just an innocent question. Just curious about a frequent commentor, but never mind.

    You'd probably be a decent guy to have a chit chat over the fence with, but I'm sure that you aren't nearly so poisonous when you aren't hiding behind the cloak of Heathen.

    I mentioned 5 years in prison because that is what the story actually says.
    Stealing is stealing (not borrowing) even if it is just "nine numbers" as you so casually put it.

    Now that I go back and review the story, there is a tiny mention of deportation in light gray lettering just under the title.

  • Heathen posted at 4:07 pm on Sun, Apr 28, 2013.

    Heathen Posts: 830

    The story itself mentions deportation. You mention five years in prison. Do you think borrowing nine numbers to get an education warrants either? And you are correct--Blueishness made no mention of deportation.

    Yes, I take the "other side" when I post. Mostly because if I agree with someone, I see no point in posting just to say "me too." Why is that so abnormal?

    Also why should it matter to you what my livelihood or personal life is associated with? I write comments based on stories I read in a newspaper. Respond or don't respond, but don't concern yourself over my motivations. It's really none of your business.

  • K McLeod posted at 10:31 am on Sun, Apr 28, 2013.

    K McLeod Posts: 293

    Additionally, I noticed that immigration and/or race topics seems to be your hot button issues.

    Is your livelyhood or personal life somehow associated with these topics?

  • K McLeod posted at 10:24 am on Sun, Apr 28, 2013.

    K McLeod Posts: 293

    You were putting words in his mouth, irregardless of if you believe what you wrote or not.

    But of course, you will probably deny doing so or deflect it to some other direction.

    The other side is in reference to any arguement, not to you being a liberal.
    I try not to operate in the liberal -vs- conservative mindset because as I get older I am realizing that it is this division that promotes the problems we are suffering today.

  • Heathen posted at 9:46 am on Sun, Apr 28, 2013.

    Heathen Posts: 830

    Are you really so out of touch with how liberals think that you assume I'm just disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing? I truly believe what I wrote. He stole nine numbers. No bank account info, no benefits we know of, apparently just enough information so that he could become a productive member of the society he has chosen to live in.

    It might seem to you that liberals are always "the other side," but remember that there are enough of us that we won the last election. What I wrote is far from extreme and is close to mainstream American thought right now.

    I have no idea what a "paid troll" is, unless you're referring to the ones that live under bridges. I live in Moses Lake. We have no bridges large enough for a person to live under.

  • joeutter posted at 5:42 am on Sat, Apr 27, 2013.

    joeutter Posts: 1

    As you can see by my sign on I seem to have the same name as the writer. I am interested in Mr. Utters family background and look forward to his response.

  • K McLeod posted at 8:36 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    K McLeod Posts: 293


    What you minimize as an "immigration violation" is theft.
    Nobody mentioned deportation but the story DID mention 5 years in prison.

    You are unbelievable (and somewhat predictable).

    Always taking the other side, no mater the extreme and throwing false flag talking points about that nobody but you had even mentioned.

    Just like a paid troll would do.

  • Heathen posted at 8:12 pm on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    Heathen Posts: 830

    Really? You think an immigration violation is really a serious enough ethical breach that it overrides six to eight years of advanced education? And now that he has the benefit of an education and is capable of adding to the quality of life in the country he now calls his own, you would deport him? Why not cut off your nose to spite your face?

  • blueishness posted at 9:24 am on Thu, Apr 25, 2013.

    blueishness Posts: 174

    and so did his students also learn to break the law, as he did. and are his accomplishments an excuse for his illegal activities? How can he be a role model for the young people in the community if he is a criminal???