Two suspected undocumented workers busted with fake TWICs

| 2/25/2009

Two men face charges after allegedly using fake TWIC ID cards to work at the Port of Fourchon, LA.

The men, Ernesto Cordova, 25, and Roosevelt Amores, 32, were reportedly charged with illegal entry into critical infrastructure, in addition to invalid driver’s license charges after a security employee noticed several misspelled words on the fake TWIC cards.

“It was a pretty good duplication,” Callais told the Houma Courier. “Only with the trained eye would you see there were some differences between that and a regular TWIC.”

The men also are under suspicion for being the in U.S. illegally, the Courier newspaper also reported.

According to the article, Harbor Police Chief Jon Callais said that the guard’s port training helped him zero in on the suspected workers.

The Courier article didn’t say how many days the pair had used the fake TWIC cards to illegally enter the port, but the Port of Fourchon had been requiring TWIC cards for access for nearly a month at the time of arrest.

Police said the men worked for the Danos and Curole offshore-service company.

Callais told the New Orleans City Business publication in 2007 that Port Fourchon was vulnerable to terrorism at that time because it had “no cargo tracking system, no incoming vessel identification, no gates and no way to track workers.”