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Woman bought dead man's Social Security number, authorities say

DADE CITY

Woman charged with using dead man's name

A 26-year-old woman bought a dead man's Social Security number so she could get a job, authorities said. Nayeli Mendoza gave the alias of Wuendi Martinez when she applied for a job in 2008 at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, a report states. The name, Social Security number and Mendoza's fake residency card were discovered after the country club turned in Mendoza's wage report to the Florida Department of Revenue. Mendoza, who is from Mexico, told authorities she bought the Social Security number and a fake residency card from a man for $150, the report states. After an investigation by Florida's Division of Insurance Fraud, Mendoza was arrested Tuesday. She is charged with workers' compensation fraud. Mendoza is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail. Immigration services have been contacted, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Free embroidery classes for adults

The Gulfview chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America is planning a series of free classes for adults. Classes will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 11 through Feb. 15 at the New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Registration ends Jan. 10. Call or e-mail Jenna McClooney at (727) 207-0420 or jennalee@hotmail.com.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Discount on fees at aquatic center

The City of New Port Richey's Recreation and Aquatic Center is offering 25 percent off annual membership fees now through Jan. 31. People who join through Jan. 31 will also get a free T-shirt and calendar. For more information, call (727) 841-4560.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Poets can write Words for a Cure

Local poet Marissa Patrick is hosting a poetry contest in conjunction with the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Orlando on Feb. 27, which will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Poems, in any style, should be about inspiration and healing. Prizes will be awarded to first- through third-place winners. The first prize is a massage and facial package at Back to Business in Dunedin. The entry fee is $10 per poem. Make checks payable to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and send it with your entry to Words For a Cure, 5026 Reseda Drive, New Port Richey. Entries should be postmarked no later than Jan. 17. Patrick will run the half marathon in honor of an aunt she lost to cancer. For more information, e-mail wordsforacure@gmail.com.

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