Illegal Immigrant Guilty of Providing False Information and Using Fake Social Security and Alien Registration Numbers to Obtain Employment at Logan Airport, Reports U.S. Attorney.
United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, Theodore L. Doherty, Resident Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, and Leo J. Sullivan, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and Denis Riordan, Acting District Director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in New England, announced today that MICHEL-ANGE ASPILAIRE, a citizen of Canada, age 42, residing at 127 Hudson Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge William G. Young, to making false statements, and using a false social security number. Immediately following the plea, Judge Young imposed sentence on ASPILAIRE. Following accepting the plea, Chief Judge Young sentenced ASPILAIRE to time served -- ASPILAIRE had spent eight days in federal custody following his arrest in February, 2002. Chief Judge Young also imposed a one year term of supervised release. ASPILAIRE also may be subject to deportation to Canada.
At today's plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government's evidence would have proven that on or about April of 2001, ASPILAIRE obtained employment with Hudson General Corporation, d/b/a Globe Ground North America ("Globe Ground"). Globe Ground provides a variety of services for the Secure Identification Display Area ("SIDA") at Logan International Airport ("Logan Airport"). The SIDA area at Logan Airport includes all property and areas of the airport including, but not limited to portions of the terminals and baggage areas, as well as cargo facilities, areas beyond pre-departure passenger security screening checkpoints, a/k/a "sterile areas," jet ways, and the Airport Operations Area ("AOA"), i.e. the tarmac, runways, and airfield. An individual having AOA privileges is said to have "ramp access" to the airfield areas where aircraft are stored and maintained.
As a condition of employment with Globe Ground, Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") regulations require each employee working in the SIDA area at Logan Airport to possess a SIDA access badge. SIDA access badges are issued and controlled by the Massachusetts Port Authority ("MassPort") which operates Logan Airport pursuant to FAA regulations. To obtain a SIDA access badge an employee must truthfully complete, sign and submit an, "Application for Unescorted Access Privileges at Logan International Airport", which is also known as a "Form UA1", to MassPort. FAA regulations provide in part that, "no person may make, or cause to be made, any fraudulent or intentionally false statement in any application for any security program, access medium/badge, or identification medium/badge, or any fraudulent or intentionally false entry in any record or report that is kept, made, or used to show compliance with this regulation, or to exercise any privileges under this regulation."
On or about April 24, 2001, using false information and documentation, ASPILAIRE completed and submitted a signed Form UA1 to MassPort, in order to obtain a SIDA access badge to work at Logan Airport. Specifically, on his Form UA1, ASPILAIRE used identifying information, which included a false social security account number and a false Alien Registration number, and falsely indicated on the Form UA1 that he was either a United States citizen or an alien with a valid employment authorization or alien registration card.
Soon thereafter, based on the false information provided by ASPILAIRE in his Form UA1, MassPort issued him a Logan Airport SIDA access badge as an employee of Globe Ground. Through use of his SIDA badge, and as a worker for Globe Ground, ASPILAIRE had access to the SIDA area of Logan Airport, including, airport terminals, sterile areas, as well as the Airport Operations Area.
The case was investigated by the Special Agents of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Bradley in Sullivan's Major Crimes Unit.
CONTACT: Samantha Martin of U.S. Attorney's Office, +1-617-748-3139