Goshen News, Goshen, IN

February 15, 2013

Goshen resident convicted of fraud

Scheme involved immigration, mail violations

A STAFF REPORT
THE GOSHEN NEWS

— A Goshen resident and four others have been convicted of immigration fraud, staffers with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Bend reported Friday.

Margarito Fuentes Reyes, 51, Goshen, and Omar Duran Lagunes, 35, Luis Omar Montes Merino, 34, Yalitz Exclusa Borrero, 31, and Evelyn Riviera Borrero, 44, all of Indianapolis, were found guilty in a recent trial on all counts of an indictment charging them with immigration fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

The indictment, returned in June 2012, charged that the defendants presented false information, forged documents and made false representations to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Secretary of State. These included making false representations regarding the identity of the actual owners of motor vehicles, to obtain motor vehicle registrations, license plates and titles.

According to U.S. Attorney’s staffers, defendants concealed, harbored and shielded from detection aliens who are in the United States in violation of immigration laws and encouraged aliens to enter and remain in the United States in violation of immigration laws.

The conspirators operated at locations in Indianapolis, Goshen and Elkhart.  

“These individuals abused legitimate government services and circumvented this nation’s immigration laws — all in the name of profit,” said Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago. “Identity fraud affects all of us and has far-reaching implications. Today’s verdict demonstrates ICE’s resolve to work with our law enforcement partners to stop this type of criminal activity.”

The charges were filed as the result of an investigation by ICE — Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Others assisting in the investigation include the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Elkhart Police Department, the Indiana State Police and investigators with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Secretary of State.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Hays.