You may have seen this story in an e-mail from Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland* which is where I saw it, but if you didn’t, be ready to be outraged.
From the Washington Examiner:
Federal agents have arrested a Maryland corrections officer on immigration charges, accusing him of marrying his sister to fraudulently obtain a green card after he already had been deported once.
Marcus Akwecheh Onekon, 44, of Hyattsville, was charged with fraud, unlawful procurement of citizenship and related charges.
Erin Julius, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said Onekon has been placed on unpaid leave from his job as a guard at the Brockbridge Correctional Facility in Jessup.
Julius said the state requires potential employees who are foreign nationals to submit immigration papers.
“If they appear legitimate as required by law, we accept them,” Julius said. “To do otherwise could be an unfair immigration-related employment practice.”
Read the gory details about Onekon’s sham marriage. Note too that no one is willing to even say what country he is from—a practice all too common in reports on illegal aliens committing crimes. There is a brief mention of “central Africa,” but that is as far as they are going with his nationality.
It’s a good thing that MD’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services gave us that important and useful piece of information that he was put on unpaid leave from his jail job—-while he is in jail.
He was arrested Sept. 26 and has been in federal custody since.
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