Mario Bustamante, 37, using fake identification, had security clearance to work inside Arizona’s Davis-Monthan Air Force Base; that is until he was stopped on Interstate 10 by a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy.
Pulled over for a moving violation, Dec. 26, Bustamante gave police a falsified ID card showing his alias, Armando Villalobos.
The deputy ran the driver’s license through the state’s database and a “no license” status came up but worse for Bustamante, the report showed there was an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony committed in Texas.
Bustamante told deputies that he had security clearance through the U.S. military to do on-base work at Davis-Monthan through his employer Briston Construction in Mesa.
He was arrested and taken to the Pinal County Jail for “taking or using the identity of another person and possession of a forged device”. He is also being held for immigration violations with no indication of his country of origin.
This isn't the first time a “secure military base” inside the United States wasn't that secure.
In Dec. 2010, authorities arrested three undocumented workers at Eglin A.F.B. who were employed as construction workers for the 7th Special Forces complex. Officials believed there were some 40 illegals that were part of a massive Social Security fraud network there. Those workers were employed by H&S Drywall.
Those arrests came five months after another three illegal aliens were arrested at Shaw A.F.B. working for the another drywall company, Palacio Drywall, a company based in Cornelius, N.C.
Examiner’s Commentary: U.S. military bases need to take a closer look at who is being allowed on secure sites. Rigorous background checks should be mandatory. In most states it is far more difficult to lease an apartment than to work on a federal military base. Credit checks, arrest records, and full background checks for apartment leasing is standard operating procedure. In fact, it seems to be a lot harder to board a plane than to work for a Defense contractor.
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