Man pleads not guilty in Gulfport to Social Security fraud, detention hearing Thursday

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GULFPORT, Mississippi — A man suspected of being in the United States without permission has pleaded not guilty to Social Security fraud.

A federal indictment charges Pedro Vasquez-Quintero with using someone else's Social Security number to obtain something of value from a Toyota dealership in Harrison County.

The indictment alleges he committed fraud at an unspecified dealership on Sept. 21, 2013.

Court records show Vasquez-Quintero waived the right to a preliminary hearing and entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court.

The U.S. Attorney's Office wants him held for trial and has notified a judge that Vasquez-Quintero is under investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) a detention hearing is set for Thursday.

The fraud case is set on a court calendar that starts Jan. 15.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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