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Document and Benefit Fraud

3 illegal aliens indicted for making false statements

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Three illegal aliens were indicted separately by a federal grand jury on Jan. 22 for making false statements to a federal agency following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation.

Byron Javier Godinez-Lopez, 27, Genry Hobin Ordonez-Perez, 24, and Herber Yobany Ordonez-Perez, 25, all of Guatemala, were charged with making false statements in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Specifically, the three accused made false entries in a written form as part of their applications for Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC), and signed the forms, certifying and stating that they satisfied the immigration status requirements for issuance of a TWIC card.

Genry Hobin and Herber Yobany Ordonez-Perez were also charged with knowingly making false testimony on an employment eligibility verification form to satisfy a requirement of the employment eligibility system, by claiming to be a lawful permanent residents and using an alien registration number when they knew they were not lawful permanent residents.

Heber Yobany Ordonez-Perez was also charged with falsely representing that a Social Security number had been assigned by the commissioner of Social Security with intent to deceive for the purpose of obtaining employment.

If convicted, all three defendants face a maximum term of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release.

"Targeting counterfeit document schemes like this is an enforcement priority for ICE," said Michael A. Holt, special agent in charge for ICE's Office of Investigations in New Orleans. "Those who provide phony documents are putting the security of our communities and even our country at risk. Documents like these could be exploited by dangerous criminals and even potential terrorists to obscure their identities and cover their tracks."

It should be noted that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of each defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Weir.