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Illegal Immigrant Living In Louisville Indicted On Immigration And Fraud Related Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Previously charged in Jefferson County Circuit Court with murder and operating a motor vehicle under the influence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Mexican national illegally present in the United States and residing in Louisville, Kentucky, was charged this week, by a federal grand jury, with possessing and using counterfeit documents for purposes of obtaining employment announced United Statets Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Juan Carlos Ortega-Santos, 26, was charged with four immigration fraud related counts: Counts 1-2: Use of a False Document for Purposes of Obtaining Employment, Count 3: Possession of a Counterfeit Alien Registration Card, and Count 4: Possession of a Counterfeit Social Security Card. 

This case arose when Ortega-Santos was arrested on June 22, 2016 for driving a vehicle under the influence and killing two juveniles on Taylorsville Road.  Ortega-Santos was later charged with murder, assault, wanton endangerment, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, driving without a license, and failure to maintain insurance. Soon after his arrest, it was learned that Ortega-Santos was a Mexican national illegally present in the United States.    

Upon learning of Ortega-Santos’ illegal immigration status in the United States, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office began investigating Ortega-Santos and found that he had used counterfeit documents to obtain employment in Louisville, Kentucky.  Ortega-Santos currently has an ICE detainer which will hold him if he were to be released from state or federal custody. 

If convicted, Ortega-Santos faces maximum potential penalties of no more than 10 years in prison for counts 1-2; and no more than 5 years in prison for counts 3-4.

Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt is prosecuting the case.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted the investigation.


The indictment of a person by Federal Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven. ortega-santos_juan_indictment_9-7-16.pdf

Updated September 7, 2016