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Alleged Illegal Living In Sheldon Sentenced To Five-Year Prison Term For Identity Theft And Forgery

Orange City, Iowa — An alleged illegal alien living in Sheldon has been sentenced to a five-year prison term for identity theft and forgery, and faces possible deportation.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says that 39-year-old Juan Ozuna-Contreras of Sheldon was sentenced in Sioux County District Court for the crimes of Identity Theft, a Class D Felony, and three counts of Forgery, Class D Felonies.

McAllister says that on January 24, 2012, a Special Agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, went to the Golden Crisp Premium Foods plant in Sioux Center to investigate a tip that a person was working at Golden Crisp under an assumed name using fraudulent or fictitious documents. The tipster also supplied the Special Agent with a vehicle description and license plate number of the suspect’s car. On January 24, the Special Agent saw the suspect walk out of Golden Crisp and get into his car with two other men, one of whom was later identified as Ozuna Contreras. All three men were ultimately arrested on immigration violations.

Further investigation revealed that Ozuna-Contreras had committed identity theft by using forged documents to secure employment at Golden Crisp in Sioux Center. Ozuna-Contreras, a native of Mexico, is not legally authorized to be employed in the United States. He was tried and convicted in May and was sentenced last week to five years in prison on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Also, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun deportation proceedings against Ozuna-Contreras.

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