United States Attorney David Capp
Northern District of Indiana
M01-204 S. Main Street
South Bend, Indiana 46601
Hammond South Bend Fort
Hammond South Bend Fort Wayne
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton
June 21, 2012 PHONE: (219) 937-5500
www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ Fax: (219) 852-2770
SIX ARRESTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO HARBOR ILLEGAL ALIENS
South Bend, Indiana - United States Attorney David Capp announced today that federal agents have arrested six individuals in conjunction with an investigation of harboring illegal aliens. The six arrested are:
· Omar Lagunes Duran, 34, of Indianapolis, Indiana
· Margarito Fuentes-Reyes, 50, of Goshen, Indiana
· Yalitza Exclusa Borrero, 31, of Indianapolis, Indiana
· Evelyn Rivera Borrero, 43, of Indianapolis, Indiana
· Raul Rafael Roman Camacho, 47, of Indianapolis, Indiana
· Luis Omar Montes-Merino, 33, of Indianapolis, Indiana
All defendants have been charged in an Indictment returned on June 14, 2012 with one count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens who are in the United States in violation of immigration laws and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
The indictment alleges that the defendants presented false information, forged documents, and made false representations to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Secretary of State, including making false representations regarding the identity of the actual owners of motor vehicles, to obtain motor vehicle registrations, license plates, and titles. By committing these and other misdeeds, the defendants concealed, harbored, and shielded from detection aliens who are in the United States in violation of immigration laws and encouraged aliens to enter and remain in the United States in violation of immigration laws. The conspirators operated at locations in Indianapolis and Elkhart, Indiana.
Initial hearings are set for today at 10 AM before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein.
These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by ICE - Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Others assisting in the investigation include the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Elkhart Police Department, the Indiana State Police and investigators with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Secretary of State. Assistant United States Attorney’s for the Southern District of Indiana were also involved in the investigation and assisted. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth Hays.