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Brief -- Cheniere Energy

Federal and state agents last week arrested 15 illegal aliens working under false identities at Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal construction site in Cameron, LA. The workers were contract employees of Bechtel Oil Gas and Chemicals (OG&C). Those arrested had been charged with identity theft, using social security numbers of actual citizens, and making false claims of United States citizenship to obtain jobs at the facility over the past three years. The defendants are in the United States illegally, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas. Bechtel said in a statement that it is cooperating with authorities in the matter. The defendants obtained state-issued identification cards from Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and other states. With these they were able to pass the E-verify systems used by their employers to ascertain U.S. citizenship or alien lawful work permits. All 15 aliens were identified after being arrested under their assumed names, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. If convicted, the defendants each face up to five years in federal prison.

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