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Three Former Repair Station Mechanics Sentenced in Undocumented Alien Case

On June 22, three former employees of Triad International Maintenance Corporation (TIMCO) were sentenced in U. S. District Court in Greensboro, NC on charges related to immigration document falsification. Martin Cuevas Freitas received five months in prison. Jaime Millan Erices and Jorge Arturo Chacon each were sentenced to time served of three months. The three were arrested in March 2005 as part of a large-scale arrest operation of alleged illegal aliens. Having those with fraudulent identity documents working on or near critical aviation infrastructure is an unacceptable risk to public safety. Freitas and Erices admitted to altering their visas to falsely indicate that they were authorized to work in the United States. Chacon, an FAA-certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic, falsified an Employment Eligibility Verification document by stating that he was a citizen of the United States. Following completion of their sentences, all three will be deported to their countries of origin, but Chacon’s A&P certification, obtained while he was legally in the United States, will not be revoked. This investigation is being conducted with DHS-ICE and the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.