A federal jury in Harrisonburg returned a not guilty verdict for an Ohio license clerk accused of being part of a fraudulent ID ring for illegal immigrants. Seven other defendants charged in the scheme pleaded guilty, but Nekeia Mack-Fuller claimed she was innocent and refused a plea deal.
According to the Daily News-Record, Mack-Fuller talked with her boss about the number of “Puerto Rican” applicants coming into the office in Columbus to get Ohio identification cards.
“She told me as long as the documents are OK, everything will be fine,” Mack-Fuller testified, according to the paper.
After four hours of deliberation yesterday, the jury acquitted Mack-Fuller.
The federal investigation led to a raid on a Rockingham County meat packing plant where illegal immigrants allegedly found work using ID cards based on false credentials.
By Peter Vieth