AP NEWS

Feds charge immigrant whom ICE agent tried to free in Kansas

November 6, 2019 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed federal identity theft charges against a Mexican immigrant whom a former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent tried to free from jail.

The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release Wednesday that they have charged 33-year-old Juan Tapia of Mexico with one count each of using another person’s Social Security number, aggravated identity theft and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors say former ICE agent Andrew Pleviak falsely identified himself as an ICE agent in a foiled effort in September to free Tapia from the Kingman County jail.

Pleviak pleaded guilty last month to state charges of making false information and attempted aiding of escape. Pleviak also is awaiting trial for a federal indictment accusing him of false impersonation of a federal officer.