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Mexican Citizen Living In Emporia
Indicted on Document Fraud Charges

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June 27, 2013

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Mexican citizen who has been living in Emporia, Kan., has been indicted on charges of document fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Olegaria Cruz-Juarez, 39, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of false identification documents and one count of aggravated identity theft.

She and her husband, Sergio Tapia-Martinez, have been under investigation as suspected distributors of identification documents to unauthorized workers in central Kansas, Grissom said. Tapia-Martinez was charged in a separate case with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported.

A criminal complaint filed in the case against Cruz-Juarez alleges that Kansas Department of Revenue agents arrested her for driver’s license fraud during a criminal investigation that revealed she had renewed her Kansas driver’s license claiming to be lawfully present in the United States when she was not. They served a search warrant at her home in Emporia, where they found another person’s Social Security card between the pages of a Bible in her bedroom. They also found a small notebook containing the names, dates of birth and Social Security number for 13 different identities. Agents ran the numbers against records maintained by the Social Security Administration and the Kansas Department of Revenue. Eight of the identities were used in the state of Kansas to obtain a driver’s license or identification card.

An affidavit filed in the case states that agents developed evidence that Cruz had previously purchased documents belonging to another person in order to obtain an identification card and secure employment. She needed to purchase documents that employers would accept. Agents also developed evidence that she had helped relatives and others do the same thing in the past. Immigration records indicate that Cruz is a Mexican national who was denied permanent resident status in Sept. 30, 2004, and is in the United States unlawfully.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the document charge, and a mandatory two years to run consecutively to the underlying sentence and a fine up to $250,000 on the aggravated identity theft count. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Kansas Department of Revenue - Office of Special Investigations, the Emporia Police Department, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Social Security Administration - OIG and the Lyon County Attorney’s Office investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.


OTHER INDICTMENTS



Joseph S. Buschbom, 30, Topeka, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after felony convictions. The crime is alleged to have occurred June 12, 2013, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

Gabriel Chavez, 23, Dallas, Texas, is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred May 31, 2013, in Ellsworth County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard is prosecuting.

Omar Gonzalez-Nunez, 25, who is not a citizen of the United States, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of a felony and deported. He was found June 12, 2013, in Geary County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Shawn Rene Pigorsch, 43, Abilene, Kan., is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 28, 2012, in Dickinson County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Kathy Rivera, 46, Ft. Riley, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm. The crime is alleged to have occurred Jan. 15, 2013, on the Fort Riley Military Installation.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Ft. Riley Police investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Robin Graham and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney are prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

 

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