District Court, Kandiyohi County, Dec. 31
Daniel Alfonso Lara, 24, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on felony charges of aggravated forgery.
Unconditional bail was set at $40,000 with conditional bail at $20,000. His next court appearance is Jan. 12. Lara, who is also known as Jonathan Jose Rios Pagan and Daniel Alfonso Castron Lara, also faces a gross misdemeanor charge for giving a false name to a peace officer and a misdemeanor for driving without a valid license.
According to the complaint, a Willmar officer was on routine patrol around 9 p.m. Sunday and stopped a vehicle with a broken tail light near the intersection of Second Street and Trott Avenue Southeast. The driver handed over a Jennie-O Turkey Store identification card in the Pagan name and said he didn't have a driver's license. He was arrested and taken to jail, where he filled out and signed booking forms in the Pagan name. He allegedly admitted to using the name to work. However, he had other documents in his real name.
Via an interpreter, he said his name was Lara, that he was born in Honduras, that he came to Minnesota last year and bought the Pagan documents from a man in Marshall. He had worked for Jennie-O for about four months and at the packing plant in Buffalo Lake for about two weeks. Officials at Jennie-O provided police with employment documents signed in the Pagan name that were accompanied by a Social Security card that was issued to a deceased person in California and a California ID card.