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11 workers arrested at Iowa Fertilizer Plant for identity theft

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WEVER, Ia. (WGEM) - Almost a dozen workers at the construction site for the new Iowa Fertilizer Plant in Wever were arrested Thursday and face identity theft charges, the Lee County sheriff said.

It all started Wednesday when the Iowa Fertilizer Plant's contracted security team, Quincy-based Per Mar Security Services, escorted two employees from the work site because they didn't have proper identification. However, those men returned to work Thursday with different identification.

Sheriff Jim Sholl said that's when plant officials contacted his office. Following the tip, deputies were able to stop a bus of workers Thursday afternoon to check documents.

Sholl said 11 people were arrested and charged with felony identity theft because they had earned more than $1,000 in wages under a false identity.

The Lee County sheriff's office asked for assistance from the U.S. Customs and Enforcement Office in Cedar Rapids for its bilingual capabilities.

Another employee was detained by ICE. 

Sholl said he hopes this action sends a message that Lee County and the Iowa Fertilizer Plant won't tolerate anyone working under a false identity.

WGEM tried to reach out to IFP officials but have not received a call back.

The men arrested are:

Top row (from left): Anibal Armando Aguilar-Oyuela, Julio Cesar Franco-Sanjavier, Daniel Martinez-Martinez, Nerys Francisco Baquedano Oyuela

Row two: Mario Penaloza-Enrique, Juan Perez Perez, Victor Favela Puentes, Julio Adrian Roque Rodriguez

Row three: Romulo Velazuez-urrutia, Carmelo Franco Frias, Wilmar Machado-Chacon


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