Wichita The wife of a former Cessna Aircraft employee arrested last week on immigration charges has now been indicted herself on 14 charges, including aggravated identity theft, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren's office said Tuesday.
The U.S. Attorney's Office issued an arrest warrant for Maria Leticia Ortega, 44, and asked for the public's help Monday in finding the Wichita woman.
Her husband, Rogelio Ortega-Guzman, was arrested last week after he went public with claims that Cessna used his illegal immigration status to avoid paying for his medical care after he was injured on the job.
The indictment against the woman includes one count of making a false statement on an employment verification form, two counts of misusing a Social Security number, one count of making a false claim of being a lawful permanent resident, two counts of using false documents with intent to defraud the U.S. government, one count of possession of false U.S. documents and seven counts of aggravated identity theft.
Also Tuesday, a grand jury returned a second superseding indictment against her 41-year-old Mexican husband. Those charges include one count of using a false document to be employed, two counts of misusing a Social Security number, two counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of falsely stating on an employment eligibility form that he was a lawful permanent resident, one count of giving a false alien registration number on an eligibility employment form and one count of causing false information to be reported to Social Security.
He was arrested June 21, but he was first indicted May 31 - the same day five other Cessna employees were indicted on immigration-related charges.