Two Deported in Miami Airport Security Badge Case
September 24, 2001
Eliana E. Minetti and Natalia E. Pereira were ordered deported by an U.S. District Court judge in Miami, FL, after pleading guilty to obtaining security badges under false pretenses at Miami International Airport. The pair was among 12 illegal aliens charged on September 14 in Miami with making false security badges. The badges gave them illegal access to secure areas, including the airport tarmac ramp and baggage areas. U.S. Customs Service officials detected the falsifications when the foreign nationals applied for badges to gain access to Customs secure areas. The Customs Service is assisting OIG in this ongoing investigation.