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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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MARCH 19, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


EIGHT MEXICAN, CHILE NATIONALS CHARGED WITH IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS, FALSE IDENTITY DOCUMENTS


            JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that seven Mexican nationals and one Chile national have been charged in federal court with illegally entering the United States and possessing false identification documents and Social Security numbers. The defendants were employees of Sam's Janitorial Service who were working at the Truman State Office Building in Jefferson City.


             Alfredo Soriano-Salinas, 32, Jonathon Vertiz-Rincon, 19, Eulogio Vasquez-Garcia, 47, Carlos Sanchez-Cabrera, 37, Rosa Alejandra Luna-Soriano, 31, Ana Vasquez-Garcia, 45, and Ernesto Diego-Jacinto, 19, who are all citizens of Mexico, and Ana Riadi-Martinez, 56, a citizen of Chile, were each charged individually in eight separate criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City on Thursday, March 15, 2007. The defendants, who were arrested on March 6, 2007, had their initial court appearance today and remain in federal custody.


             The criminal complaints allege that seven of the eight defendants entered the United States unlawfully. Riadi-Martinez entered the United States legally as a non-immigrant visitor for pleasure, that complaint alleges, but her visitor’s visa expired in May 2001.


             The criminal complaints allege that each of the defendants possessed false identification documents. According to the complaints, each defendant was in possession of a false Social Security card and, with the exception of Riadi-Martinez, a false Citizenship and Immigration Service Lawful Permanent Resident Card that were produced without lawful authority.


             The criminal complaints allege that seven of the defendants possessed a counterfeit immigration document. According to the complaints, each defendant, with the exception of Riadi-Martinez, was in possession of a forged Citizens and Immigration Service Lawful Permanent Resident Card.


             The criminal complaints allege that each of the defendants possessed a false Social Security account number.


             According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaints, 22 illegal aliens employed by Sam’s Janitorial Service, a janitorial contractor, were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on March 6, 2007, during a work site enforcement operation at the Truman State Office Building.


            Schlozman cautioned that the charges contained in the complaints are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony P. Gonzalez. It was investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Social Security Administration.


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