Undocumented Raymond Worker Convicted of Identity Fraud
Jackson, Miss.- Irvin Efrahin Mejia-Saavedra, 27, an undocumented worker and citizen of Honduras, has been convicted by a Hinds County jury for fraudulent use of identity, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Mejia-Saavedra, who resided in Raymond at the time of his arrest, was found guilty of fraudulent use of identity.
A joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and Homeland Security Investigations showed that the defendant purchased a fraudulent Social Security card and Tennessee identification card in order to obtain a job at the American Dairyco plant located in Edwards. Mejia-Saavedra was arrested May 28, 2015, while working at the American Dairyco plant, along with eight additional undocumented dairy workers, who were also charged with fraudulent use of identity.
“Crooks who try to con their way into the workforce by stealing the identities and tax dollars of hardworking citizens threatens our nation’s security and we will not tolerate these criminal acts in Mississippi,” said Attorney General Jim Hood. “This case demonstrates the benefit of our great working relationship with Homeland Security Investigations and we appreciate their hard work.”
Hinds County Circuit Court Judge William Gowan has set the sentencing for May 23.
"Fraudulent identity documents pose a grave threat to national security by helping criminals hide in plain sight," said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., Special Agent in Charge of HSI New Orleans. "Stolen identity documents also threaten law-abiding citizens who risk being held responsible for criminal acts committed by aliens possessing stolen documents in their names. This investigation shows ICE Homeland Security Investigations and the Mississippi Attorney General will continue to investigate and seek prosecution of these cases to protect the public."
The case was investigated by Bo Luckey with the Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division, assigned to the HSI Task Force and Special Agent John Rackley of Homeland Security Investigations. Prosecution of the case was handled by Special Assistant Attorneys General Patrick Beasley and Alison O'Neal McMinn.