- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Federal authorities say three men are accused of using the identities of U.S. citizens so they could work at a Pascagoula shipyard.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Nk3zK1 ) court papers show the men are held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement following an investigation of workers at VT Halter Marine. The men allegedly are from Mexico and worked at the shipyard 14 months.

Criminal complaints allege Gabriel De Jesus Ascanio-Salto, Gino Chirinos and Luis Alberto Virgen-Gonzalez bought birth certificates and Social Security cards in other people’s names so they could enter the shipyard for work. The IDs reportedly belong to people who live in Puerto Rico or the United States.

Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested them after visiting the shipyard Jan. 29 to check their credentials.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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