District Court, Kandiyohi County, Dec. 12
- Damion Francos Ortiz, 59, of Willmar, was arraigned Thursday on two felony charges of forgery and aggravated forgery.
Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 with conditional bail at $30,000. He is also known as Jorge Luiz Marrero Burgas. His next court date is Dec. 22.
According to the complaint, on Oct. 17, a Willmar Police officer was following up on an incident during which a person identified himself as Marrero Burgas, but said his real name was Ortiz. The officer received a state identification card from the Department of Vehicle Services for Ortiz. Human resources officials from Jennie-O Turkey Store provided an application for employment from March 2003, plus a copy of a state identification card and a Social Security card. The ID card matched the information received from the DVS. The officer also received information that the Social Security number and a Puerto Rican birth certificate were presented with an application for the ID card in 2002.
On Tuesday, officers arrested Ortiz. During a search of his wallet, they found an ID card and Social Security card in the Marrero Burgas name. He allegedly admitted to buying the identity for $800, signing employment documents in the name and that his real name was Ortiz.
- Eswin Rojas, 24, of Willmar, was arraigned Thursday on two felony charges of aggravated forgery.
Unconditional bail was set at $60,000 and conditional bail at $30,000. He is also known as Isaias Jimenez Gallegos. His next court date is Dec. 22.
According to the complaint, on Oct. 2, Willmar police were called to a burglary and assault along 14th Street Southwest. A man there identified himself as Gallegos, said his wife's real name was Sara Rojas and said used the Gallegos name for work.
Officers investigated and used Department of Vehicle Services information and information from Jennie-O Turkey Store to connect Rojas to the Gallegos identity.
He was arrested on Tuesday and gave his real name was Rojas. He allegedly admitted to buying a Social Security card and birth certificate in the Gallegos name in Minneapolis and said he arrived in Minnesota in 2002 or 2003 from Guatemala. He also admitted to signing employment documents in the false name.