20 undocumented immigrants indicted

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the indictment of twenty illegal immigrants for providing fraudulent identification to gain employment.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says these people were employed by Expeditors International a freight based right here in Memphis.

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Twenty names of people who are now in federal custody charged with fraud.

“These employees provided false documentation to fraudulently establish their eligibility to work in the United States,” U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant said.

The 20 people were arrested in late November by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

These employees were contracted through Expeditors International to load cargo on planes, both freight and passenger at Memphis International Airport.

Dunavant explained how this is a continuing effort to hold illegal immigrants accountable for wrongdoing.

“As you may be aware, in April, the Attorney General Jess Sessions announced a renewed commitment by the Department of Justice to consistently and vigorously pursue criminal and immigrant enforcement,” Dunavant said.

According to an agent from the Immigration Customs Enforcement division of Homeland Security, these fraudulent identifications were discovered by the Transportation Security Administration at Memphis International airport.

Special Agent in Charge, Robert Hammer could not confirm if more arrest will follow this indictment.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not confirm if they were now investigating Expeditors International to learn if any more employees were working under fraudulent terms.

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