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9 undocumented immigrants jailed in MS, charged with identity theft

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said the arrests of nine undocumented immigrants took place at a Dairy Plant in Raymond last week.

The arrests were the result of an investigation by a Homeland Security Task Force. The suspects are alleged to have purchased fraudulent social security cards.

Those arrested and charged with fraudulent use of identity are:

Eduardo Lopez-Cardona, 22

Irvin Mejia-Saavedra, 26

Ramiro Saniago-Monilo, 25

Guillermo Garcia-Cruz, 39

Ludin Maudiel Hernandez-Vasquez, 25

Porfirio Rodriguez-Jimenez , 37

Elvir Molina-Ramirez , 40

Carlos Benigno Garcia-Perez, 20

Juan Jose Chacon-Ramirez, 34

"This case is a great example of the significance of our federal partnerships,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. "We appreciate our great working relationship with Homeland Security Investigations".

“Fraudulent documents threaten our nation's security by making it easier for criminals to hide in plain sight and commit a range of offenses,” said Jerry Templet, Acting Deputy Special Agent in Charge of HSI New Orleans. “Further, stolen identity documents create a potential nightmare scenario in which citizens could be held responsible for criminal acts committed by aliens possessing fraudulent identity documents in their names. This investigation shows HSI and its state partners will continue to investigate and seek prosecution of these cases wherever they occur.”

The suspects were booked into the Raymond Detention Center and are being held on a $250,000 bond.

Once the state charges are resolved, the defendants will be released to ICE custody.

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