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23-year old illegal immigrant sentenced to 8 months in prison
June 06, 2006
Press Release For Immediate Release June 6, 2006 (Hamilton, Ohio) Beatriz Martinez-Ochoa, a 23-year old illegal immigrant from Guatemala, residing in Fairfield at the time of her arrest, was sentenced yesterday by Common Pleas Judge Patricia Oney to 8 months in prison after pleading guilty in March to Tampering with Records, a forth degree felony, and Forgery, a fifth degree felony. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in December 2005, at Martinez-Ochoa’s home. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency primarily responsible for investigating and apprehending illegal immigrants, along with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, had suspected the residence of being the source for fraudulent identification papers used by illegal immigrants. During the search, Beatriz Martinez-Ochoa was found to be in possession of two fraudulent social security cards, one of which she was using illegally to maintain employment. “The Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement appreciates ICE’s interest in seeking out those in Butler County who are here illegally and in violation of federal law. While we embrace diversity and all of those who come here legally to work, we cannot sanction the activity of those who come here illegally,” Prosecutor Piper stated. “Cutting off the supply of bogus identification is a good place to begin the investigation of those here illegally,” Piper concluded. Martinez-Ochoa is currently serving her eight month sentence in the Butler County Jail, where she awaits deportation proceedings. * * * Contact: For more information contact Robin Piper (513) 887-3494
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For more information contact the Prosecutor's Office at (513) 887-3474
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