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CONSTRUCTION WORKERS CHARGED WITH USING FRAUDULENT WORK DOCUMENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 5, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Three Tallahassee construction workers were arraigned in federal court today on charges of possessing and using a fraudulent document as evidence of work authorization in the United States, announced Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

In indictments filed earlier this week, Oscar Fuentes, 25, Jaime Antonio DeLarca, 24, and Saul Rivas-Dubon, 32, were separately charged with using a fraudulent document as evidence of work authorization in the United States, based upon their presentation of documents such as counterfeit permanent resident cards or counterfeit social security cards to their employer, Nelson & Associates, Inc. Defendant Fuentes was also charged with transfer of a fraudulent identification document.

If convicted of using fraudulent documents, each defendant faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. If convicted of transferring a fraudulent document, Fuentes faces a maximum of 15 years’ imprisonment.

U.S. Attorney Marsh praised the work of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose investigation led to the charges in these cases.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Winifred Acosta NeSmith.

An indictment is merely a formal charge by the grand jury. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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