Three illegal aliens have been arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in the first stage of an investigation into suspected identity fraud by employees working on critical infrastructure at the 7th Special Forces Complex on Eglin Air Force Base.
23-year old Marlo Contreras of Fort Walton Beach, 27-year old Victor Contreras-Suarez of Fort Walton Beach and 26-year old Abraham Garcia of Orlando are in custody on charges of fraudulent use of personal information. Contreras-Suarez is the owner of H&S Drywall, but is married to a U-S citizen whose name is on all contract documents. His company has been working on the 7th Special Forces Project for up to a year and has previously worked on other government construction projects.
OCSO Inspector George Collins launched the investigation last September after a deputy arrested an admitted illegal alien working at the 7th Special Forces Group construction site. The man told investigators other illegal aliens were also employed at the site, which the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and state of Florida consider critical Infrastructure. Collins then coordinated with the U-S Air Force Office of Special Investigations, U-S Army Criminal Investigations Division, and the U-S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Their investigation revealed nearly three dozen illegal aliens, and potentially many more, were on the payroll with false, stolen, or fictitious social security numbers.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
The full arrest reports and the original offense report containing details of the investigation are attached. Mug shots are available through the Okaloosa County Jail website.
This investigation directly supports Sheriff Ashley’s pledge and commitment to combat illegal immigration using existing state laws and local resources.