When Carlos Jorge Donoso Sepúlveda presented his U.S. passport to the immigration officer at Miami International Airport, he seemed nervous.
That was enough for the passport control officer to send Donoso Sepúlveda to an interrogation room to be questioned at length about why he was nervous.
When investigators searched his luggage, they arrested him because he admitted that he was trying to help undocumented immigrants work illegally in the United States, according to a criminal complaint filed by Customs and Border Protection.
The case unfolded June 28 when Donoso Sepúlveda arrived at MIA on a flight from Santiago, Chile.
“The defendant was admitted into the United States as a United States citizen and referred to secondary inspection due to his nervous behavior and the fact that he was in-transit to Philadelphia when his residence and employment is in Miami,” according to the complaint.
When investigators checked his luggage, they found an envelope containing eight counterfeit green cards and seven fake Social Security cards, each bearing the names of different people.
When questioned, Donoso Sepúlveda initially said the documents belonged to colleagues at work and that he had taken them to Chile for “tax purposes,” according to the complaint.
Donoso Sepúlveda later changed his story.
“The defendant later stated that on June 22, 2016, he met a guy named Jaimito at Home Depot in West Park, Florida, and that Jaimito, a stranger, asked him if he could find a job for him and his friends,” according to the complaint. “The defendant said he could, but said his boss would need identification documents for these workers.
“The defendant said Jaimito handed him an envelope which the defendant placed in his travel luggage that he had brought into Home Depot with him. The defendant told CBP officers that the reason he placed it in his luggage was because he was leaving for Chile the next day and would be meeting with his boss in Philadelphia upon his return.”
After the interrogation ended, the criminal complaint said, CBP officers found another fake green card and fake Social Security card under the interior lining of a suitcase.