• Former Employees of Idaho Truss Face Criminal Charges
  • January 29, 2009 | Authors: Pierre Georges Bonnefil; Héctor A. Chichoni; Robert S. Groban; Jang Hyuk Im; William M. Poole
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  • On December 12, 2008, sixteen former employees of Idaho Truss in Nampa, Idaho, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that included possession of counterfeit alien registration receipt cards, misuse of Social Security numbers, and illegal entry or re-entry after deportation.

    These indictments resulted from an ICE worksite enforcement investigation. All those charged in the case are Mexican nationals, who pled guilty and were sentenced to time served and returned to ICE custody for removal from the United States. The three defendants are scheduled to go on trial February 10, 2009.

    Leigh Winchell, the ICE agent in charge of the investigations, indicated that, "[i]dentifying and documenting the use of fraudulent Social Security numbers and other fake identity documents is a key piece of any worksite enforcement investigation," In this case, ICE previously had determined that some of the workers at this employer had provided counterfeit Social Security numbers to gain employment. Special Agent Winchell indicated that ICE considers the use of fraudulent identity or work authorization documents an important component of worksite enforcement and that ICE will continue to launch investigations when this form of illegal activity is discovered.