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ICE investigation continues, nets two arrests

Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

The Oct. 16 raid in Holmes Beach by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, has netted a second arrest.

    ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell said the investigation is ongoing.

    Jamie Basilio-Chavez, 28, of Bradenton, was arrested Oct. 18 in Tampa on two counts of using false identification to gain employment at Beach to Bay Construction in January 2012.

    On Oct. 16, the sweep in Holmes Beach included the arrest of Emanuel Centeno-Hernandez, 33, of Bradenton, for worker compensation fraud.

    DFS press secretary Anna Alexopoulos confirmed the two arrests, but had no information last week on any other arrests.

    The DFS/DIF arrest reports filed with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office identify Beach to Bay Construction as the employer.

    However, Beach to Bay president Scott Eason denied that his company, with an office at 5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, was the current employer of any of 18 individuals targeted by the raids and the investigations.

    “They may, however, be employees for subcontractors of Beach to Bay Construction,” Eason wrote in an email. He named S. Torres Construction as the possible employer.

    Eason said Beach to Bay has known about the investigation since the end of August when they began cooperating with ICE, according to Eason.

    Centeno-Hernandez was arrested at 119 Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach, which according to an email from Eason, is one of 15 ongoing Beach to Bay projects.

    Another work site that was visited by enforcement officials Oct. 16 was 213 84th St.

    Basilio-Chavez also presented false alien and permanent resident cards, according to the report.

    Both workers were arrested on felony charges under the same state law that makes it unlawful to present any false, fraudulent or misleading information as evidence of a person’s identity to obtain employment.

    Both are being held in the Manatee County jail, Basilio-Chavez on a $1,500 bond and Centeno-Hernandez on a $500 bond.

        Their arraignments are set for 9 a.m. Nov. 16 before Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug in Courtroom 2-A, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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