Mario Bustamante, 37, is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who managed to "obtain numerous fraudulent credentials and even a security clearance on a high security military airbase," as reported Tuesday at a local Arizona outlet, KVOA.
Bustamante worked for Briston Construction and did work contracted by the government at the high security Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
Interestingly, Bustamante was discovered after being pulled over for a traffic violation, where he identified himself as "Armando Villalobos" to a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy.
Coincidentally, or not, a man named "Armando Villalobos," is a former District Attorney in Cameron County, Texas who was found guilty of "racketeering and extortion charges," along with a host of other town officials, as reported on Tuesday at the Valley Star. Villalobos is also a former Democratic Congressional candidate.
Bustamante admitted that he has an "Arizona Identification Card, a Social Security Card, a Bank Card and his vehicle registration" all under the fake name, and with the phony documents was able to receive security clearance at the Air Force Base.
As observed at Liberty Unyielding, The story is reminiscent of mass killer Aaron Alexis, also a government contractor, who obtained security clearance before killing twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard in September.
The case prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to order a “a worldwide review of physical security measures at all US military installations,” as reported at CNN.
Yet, Mario Bustamante must have slipped through the cracks.