Gulfport, Miss. – Darling Antonio Ordenana-Rosales, 24, an illegal alien from Nicaragua, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to the crime of fraud regarding visas, permits, or other immigration document, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Gilbert Trill, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.
On July 23, 2020, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Special Agent, who also is a Task Force Agent for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), encountered Ordenana-Rosales working for a contractor at the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport. The federal agent was accompanied by another HSI Task Force Officer who also is a Harrison County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. It was determined that Ordenana-Rosales was fraudulently working under the name and Social Security Number of a U.S. Citizen from Puerto Rico.
With assistance from the contractor and the Port of Gulfport, HSI obtained a copy of the I-9 form and documents used by Ordenana-Rosales to gain employment. The I-9 form contained copies of a Social Security card and a Louisiana identification card. Both documents were found to be fraudulent. Ordenana-Rosales was arrested, and it was learned that he had illegally entered the U.S.
Ordenana-Rosales is scheduled to be sentenced on December 3, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release and up to a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Hurst commended the work and coordination of Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Port of Gulfport. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stan Harris is the prosecutor for the case.