Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security Identity Crimes Unit Investigation Leads to Arrests of Fraud Suspects
NASHVILLE--- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Identity Crimes Unit helped place five suspects in custody in connection with fraudulent documents in Nashville on Thursday.
Julio Cesar Lxcaco Camey, Merlin Oscas Estrada Ovega, Mauro Porras Muj, Jonge Luis Albunez Galvez, and William Figueroa, all of Madison, Tenn., were booked into the Metro Davidson County Jail on criminal simulation and forgery charges.
On December 6, the department’s specialized unit was notified about the validity of the driver’s licenses and social security cards of several employees of Jolly Roofing and Contracting Company, Inc. The possibility of fraudulent documents was suspected during a background check by a private company after Jolly Roofing was awarded a contracting job.
Trooper Brad Simpson contacted Jolly Roofing to conduct an initial investigation. It was then that Trooper Simpson and the company both discovered that the suspects’ information cleared the company’s electronic verification system. However, the documents that were physically provided to the company were fraudulent.
Nearly one week later, on December 12, a Tennessee State Trooper initiated a traffic stop on a Jolly Roofing truck at the intersection of Edgewood Avenue and 8th Avenue in Nashville. After questioning the five occupants in the vehicle, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) were contacted and verified the individuals were in the country illegally.
Booking photos may be obtained from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to ensure that our state is a safe, secure place in which to live, work and travel; enforce the law with integrity; and provide customer-focused services professionally and efficiently.