12 Illegal Immigrants Arrested for Fraudulent Use of Identity and Violating the Mississippi Employment Protection Act

May 26, 2016

Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that 12 undocumented immigrants working for a Flora-based construction company were arrested this week for fraudulent use of identity and violations of the Mississippi Employment Protection Act.

The 12 illegal immigrants were arrested at construction sites in Jackson following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, as part of the federal Homeland Security Investigations Task Force. The 12, who were employed by Bonds and Associates, were booked into the Madison County Jail.  They are each charged with one count of fraudulent use of identity and one count of violating the Mississippi Employment Protection Act.

The 12 men arrested were:

Jose Cornelio – Romero, 30, of Jackson

Hector A. Garcia, 33, of Jackson

Juan Carlos Landaverde, 44, of Ridgeland

Ramiro Maldonado – Trejo, 24, of Jackson

Luis Fernado Medina- Mora, 25, of Ridgeland

Rodrigo Medina- Mora, 34, of Ridgeland, MS

Estaban Nava, 46, of Jackson

Leodegario Pelcastre – Perez, 33, of Ridgeland

Amador Pelcastre-Perez, 25, of Ridgeland

Jacinto Rebolledo – Rebolledo, 38, of Jackson

Victor Sedano – Reyes, 31, of Jackson

Edilberto Reyes-Sedano, 22, of Jackson

Following the resolution of the state charges, the defendants are to be released into the custody of federal immigration officials.  As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case was investigated by Bo Luckey with the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division, assigned to the HSI Task Force. The case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Shaun Yurtkuran.


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