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Another worker nabbed with fake IDs

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

Investigators from the Florida Department of Financial Services Insurance Fraud Division arrested another Mexican national Dec. 4.

Alejandra Burgos-Mendoza, 31, was arrested at her Palmetto residence after DFS was contacted by the Social Security Administration that Burgos-Mendoza had presented a Social Security number belonging to someone else to gain employment at Beach to Bay Construction in Holmes Beach.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Burgos-Mendoza used fake Social Security identification and a fake Alien ID card Feb. 8 on an employment application.

Her arrest is another in a string of arrests of Beach to Bay construction workers dating back several weeks in what has been termed an ongoing investigation.

Burgos-Mendoza was booked into the Manatee County jail on felony use of false identification. She was initially arrested for using the fake Social Security card, but DFS was contacted by the U.S. Homeland Security Department and informed that Burgos-Mendoza also was using an alien ID card belonging to someone else.

According to the affidavit, she admitted to investigators that she was aware she was using false identification to gain employment.

She was being held on $1,500 bond, but posted bail the same day.

Burgos-Mendoza was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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