Phlebotomist Charged with Using False Identification Documents to Work at Local Hospitals
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), and R. Sean Baldwin, Chief, Fort Pierce Police Department, announce the arrest of William Evens Josma, 34, of Fort Pierce, for using the name, social security card, and employment authorization card of another person to obtain employment as a phlebotomist at local hospitals. Josma was arraigned in federal court yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank J. Lynch, Jr. in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
The complaint alleges that from January 7, 2013 to November 2013, Josma worked as a phlebotomist at Indian River Medical Center under a false name. Josma is a Haitian national, and does not have immigration authorization to work in the United States. Josma used the name, social security card and employment authorization card of another person to satisfy the employment verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act to obtain employment. Josma’s real identity was uncovered when he purchased a fraudulent immigration stamp from Haiti to make it appear that he had continued authorization to work in the United States. Josma also possessed a Florida driver’s license in the false identity, as well as a badge under that identity showing that he previously worked at Martin Memorial Health System as well.
The indictment charges Josma with two counts of making a false attestation on Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to satisfy a requirement of the employment verification system in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1546(b)(3); two counts of using an identification document not issued to him to satisfy a requirement of the employment verification system in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1546(b)(1); two counts of false representation of a social security number in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B); and two counts of aggravated identity theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A. If convicted, Josma faces up to five years in prison for the false attestation, use of an unlawful identification and false representation of a social security number counts, and a consecutive two years in prison for the aggravated identity theft count.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI and the Fort Pierce Police Department. The case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shaniek Maynard.
A complaint and indictment are only accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.