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      Harlingen man's campaign to keep ID thief behind bars

      A Harlingen man, the victim of a scam by Belinda Zavala, is now asking for a longer sentence, just months before she is eligible for parole.

      Mike Altepeter, who suffers from cerebral palsy, told Action 4 News he was approached by Zavala several years ago.

      "She comes across as a sweet talking, trustworthy person where she wanted to build the confidence of her victims," he said.

      Back then, Zavala introduced herself as Brenda and that she worked for Altepeter TMs chiropractor.

      "She had medical information, everything on me already so I assumed she worked for them," he added.

      But it turns out she didn't work there.

      Altepeter said she somehow obtained his medical information and convinced him that she was there to help him with his therapy.

      Instead, he claimed she scammed him. "She took my debit card without me knowing it and she used it," he alleged. Then she threw it behind my couch when she came over, well I caught her red-handed.

      Zavala had been in and out of jail on identity theft-related charges for the past seven years.

      She is currently incarcerated at a jail in Dayton, Texas on a child endangerment charge.

      However, she faces 25 additional charges of theft and forgery, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

      Now, Altepeter wants her to remain behind bars for an even longer period.

      "I don TMt like being a victim, and I want to protect our senior citizens and our disabled community from this predator," he added.

      He wrote a protest letter to the Department of Criminal Justice, urging them to keep her past the four years she is currently serving.

      Altepeter says he will not stop until she faces the additional punishment she deserves.

      According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Belinda Zavala faces the following charges:

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