President of Drywall Company Employing Illegal Aliens at Eglin Air Force Base Arrested

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

Sheyenne Leona Contreras, age 30, who is the president of H&S Drywall Inc, was arrested in Lake County Florida on an Okaloosa County warrant. The warrant alleges that Contreras violated FS 817.568(2)(c) and 817.568(9) while under a subcontract to the US Army Corps of Engineers on the construction of the 7th Special Forces Complex at Eglin AFB. During the ongoing investigation, it was shown that H&S Drywall obtained over $900,000 in payments by submitting payroll invoices and records using stolen and counterfeit Social Security Numbers. So far, over 30 such Social Security Numbers appearing on H&S Drywall payroll records have been shown to be false. Florida Statute specifies a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years for persons convicted of obtaining over $100,000 while using the personal identifying information of others without permission.

Mrs. Contreras is a US Citizen, married to Victor Hugo Contereras-Suarez. Victor Contreras-Suarez is listed as the vice president of H&S Drywall, and is in the United States illegally. Contreras-Suarez is currently in the Okaloosa County Jail on related felony charges and is under a detainer by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He and two of his employees, also currently under ICE detainers, were arrested by the Sheriff's Office on Dec 15, 2010 for their part in the fraud.

During the time Mrs. Contreras was president of H&S Drywall, she was also the Assistant City Clerk of Edgewood, Florida near Orlando. The investigation revealed she had contract payment checks sent to both her home and the Edgewood City Hall.

The investigation revealed that Mrs. Contreras signed an affidavit of compliance with provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act when she applied for the subcontract, and later prepared, certified, and submitted weekly payroll records to obtain payments from May thru December 2010. These payroll documents contained false Social Security Numbers. The warrant alleges that Mrs. Contreras knowingly submitted the false information.

With several months of payroll records still to be examined, investigators have so far found over 110 names that used falsified identifying information on H&S Drywall records "certified" by Sheyenne Contreras.

Ms. Contreras posted a $10,000 bond and has been released pending a court appearance.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, US Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Edgewood Police Department coordinated activities during the ongoing investigation.

Additional arrests or warrants are expected as new evidence is uncovered during the investigation.

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  • by Dirk Location: Miami on Feb 18, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    Silly justice officials released the president of the company on $10,000 bond!!sorry but she's back in Mexico already converting her dollars for peso's.
  • by Melynda Location: TN on Jan 29, 2011 at 06:06 AM
    I think this is a reflection on the immigration situation in our country rather than this individual citizen. And speaking of the Constitution, citizens are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. All these articles are crucifying one woman who doesn't seem to have profitted a whole lot financially. The investigation isn't over, so let's reserve judgement until then. In fact, rather than judge her ourselves, why don't we leave that to the judicial system?
  • by Jill Location: Crossville, TN on Jan 22, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    Remember things are not always as they appear. This is my niece and she was duped into this by some guy. She has had no financial gain, only the guy who duped her has apparently profited.
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Jan 8, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    isnt eleven million people being here illegally an invasion? Arent american citizens who help a foreign nation invade us committing treason? I believe there is a penalty in our constitution for treason. Also our federal government is supposed to protect us from this invasion.
  • by redbird Location: california on Jan 7, 2011 at 06:04 PM
    Ms Contreras should be looking at a lengthy prison stay and upon release revoke her citizenship. She has proven the Laws of our country mean nothing to her. Liquidate her business to pay for the deportation of her illegal Alien hires. E-Verify ALL Jobs and government programs. 287g Nationwide. Enforce our Laws !!!
  • by Joe Location: Gulf Breeze on Jan 7, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    How the heck did they get past the background check to even get on base? Contractors get a background check before they can step though the gate...I had to
  • by Tom on Jan 7, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    Good deal, jail them all, water and bread only, for 90 days, in tent city, road work cleaning crew) then deport them back to mexico. As for the president of company, take all company possessions and earnings, fine her for maximum amount of what company earned the amount of time she has broken the law, and send her to prison for 20 years instead of 10 years.
  • by d. charlton Location: freeport on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    check in Freeport, FL. you will find we pay taxes, rent, educate, food stamps, medical and hire more teachers to have class sizes changed to make room for people who just take and give nothing back.
  • by Cynthia Location: Enterprise on Jan 7, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    Why don't the local authorities do the same here in the Wiregrass? In my opinion, if you hire or rent to an illegal, you should be fined and prosecuted. I'm tired of helping educate and support people who don't pay taxes!
  • by TY Location: Enterprise on Jan 7, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    No comments? Where's the outrage? A Nation of Sheep sitting by while the invaders from south of the border steal jobs.
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