20 indicted for identity theft, false statements

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - United States Attorney William N. Nettles announced that 20 people were indicted over the past month for misusing Social Security numbers and making false statements on employment forms.

The U.S. Attorney's Office indicted Milder Herrera Cano, 28, Mateo Luna Castellanos, 26, Aurelio Barrios Cobon, 26, Norma Juarez-Cruz, 25, Willian I. Garcia, 34, Alfonso Pedrazo Hernandez, 28, Antonio Maceda, 28, Felipe Santamaria Morales, 27, Javier Lomeli Olivarez,  47, Juan Racancoj, 43, Walyn Cano Solis, 33, and Agustin Garcia Villa, 26, all of North Charleston.

Several other suspects were also indicted including Luis M. Doroteo, 34, of Charleston; Pedro Carrillo Funes, 50, Mateos Abel Lopez, 28, Misael Hernandez Morales, 27, Joel Valentin Ramos, 26, Ussiel Morales Soto, 33, all of Hanahan; Genaro Guerrero, 32, of Johns Island; and, Augusto V. Velasquez, 40.

All defendants were indicted for providing false information on a Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification which is the form Department of Homeland Security requires for employment. The false information included using false Social Security numbers and Alien Registration numbers.  Both offenses carry a maximum of five years imprisonment.

The case was investigated by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security. Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Williams of the Charleston office is prosecuting the cases.

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