PORT ARTHUR MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO USING FRAUDULENT TWIC CARD TO ACCESS SEAPORT
ELIAZAR SANCHEZ CASTRO, 24, a citizen of Mexico residing in Port Arthur, Texas, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon, to one count of using a fraudulent Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card to enter a restricted area of the C-Port installation in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to the court documents, on Sunday, May 16, 2010, CASTRO, a laborer employed by Industrial Scaffolding, returned from working offshore and departed the secure area of C Port-1 to retrieve his vehicle. When CASTRO attempted to reenter the secure area to pick up his tools and baggage, a Port security guard determined that CASTRO's TWIC card, which is required for entry to the secure area, was fraudulent. CASTRO, who is legally present in the United States, later admitted to agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement that he purchased the fraudulent TWIC card and a fraudulent Texas Identification Card in Texas for approximately $150.00.
The defendant faces a maximum term of imprisonment of six (6) months, a fine of $5,000.00, and one (1) year of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
This investigation was conducted by Special Agents of U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Gregory M. Kennedy.
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