Trio sentenced for using fake immigration documents

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Three people living in the Myrtle Beach area have been sentenced to jail time for misusing immigration documents to obtain employment.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles confirmed that Clara Lopez, Gladys Morazan, and Cesar Esquivel, all of Myrtle Beach, were sentenced in federal court in Florence for unlawful use of an immigration document.

US District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence sentenced Lopez to five months and three weeks (time served) imprisonment. Morazan was sentenced to six months (time served) imprisonment. Esquivel was sentenced to 176 days (time served) imprisonment.

All three are subject to deportation upon their release.

These charges were waged after a review of employee forms at a resort in the Grand Strand.

This rouse was discovered during an inspection of the Avista Resort by Homeland Security Investigations in July 2012. The investigators requested copies of documents presented by employees that were used to gain employment.

They found that three of the 27 employees were working with suspected fraudulent documents.

"The Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for Lopez was signed in May 2008, and Lopez falsely claimed to be a lawful permanent resident. Lopez also supplied a false social security card which contained someone else's social security number and supplied a permanent resident card with an alien number which had not been assigned to Lopez or anyone else," explained US States Attorney Bill Nettles.

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