Authorities bust alleged illegal document ring
Law enforcement officials allegedly have strong evidence linking four Morristown residents – an female U.S. citizen and three Guatemalan men – to producing false documents for illegal aliens, according to federal court documents unsealed Monday.
Bobbie Jo Arvizu
Bobbie Arvizu, the 37-year-old manager of Quality Integrity Services on Lincoln Avenue, was released on an unsecured bond this morning following her initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Greeneville.
The Guatemalans, Jose Diaz “Chepe” Ortiz, 50, the owner of Tienda Guatemala on Fish Hatchery Road, Elias Reyes, 36, and Mario L. Lopez, 27, will remain in federal custody until their cases track through the court system.
The four allegedly sold Social Security cards, permanent resident alien cards and driver’s licenses to illegal aliens to secure employment and live in the U.S. with less fear of deportation, according to Travis Carrier, a criminal investigator with the Department of Homeland Security.
Jose Diaz Ortiz
Law enforcement officials allegedly have seven videotaped undercover document buys involving one or more of the defendants that occurred in Morristown between January and late June, according to Carrier.
Arvizu, Ortiz, Reyes and Lopez have not been indicted by a federal grand jury. They were taken into custody Friday on a criminal complaint Carrier obtained. The ongoing investigation also involves the Morristown Police Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the IRS.
Carrier’s criminal complaint further alleges at least one of the defendants was involved in transporting illegal aliens to Morristown and that the fake documents were used to receive multiple income tax refunds.
For more details, read the Tuesday edition of the Citizen Tribune.