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Illegal Gains Security Clearance and Access to U.S. Air Force Base
 
Posted: 12/31/2013 12:00 AM
 
On Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 7 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition westbound on Interstate-10 near milepost 180 for a traffic violation.

The driver of the vehicle identified himself per an Arizona Identification Card as Armando Villalobos (age 37 of Phoenix). The deputy did a routine license status and warrant check. Armando returned with a “No License” status and a felony warrant for his arrest out of Texas. The warrant showed Armando should have five tattoos and provided a description for them. The deputy while trying to confirm Armando was the suspect wanted for the warrant asked to see his tattoos. Armando told the deputy he didn’t have any tattoos and then became very nervous.

After a brief conversation, Armando admitted that he was in the United States illegally and his name was really Mario Bustamante. Mario was arrested by the deputy. Mario was taken to the U.S. Border Patrol station in Casa Grande and his identity was confirmed as Mario Bustamante (age 37 of Mexico).

A PCSO Property Crime detective responded and took over the investigation.

Mario told the detective he currently works for “Briston Construction” out of Mesa. The company was contracted by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to complete work. Mario had obtained a “security clearance” through the military to work on the base under the name of “Armando Villalobos.” He said that he obtained the Arizona Identification Card, a Social Security Card, a Bank Card and his vehicle registration all using the fake name of “Armando Villalobos” because he was in the United States illegally from Mexico and didn’t want to get caught.

Mario Bustamante was booked into the Pinal County Jail for - Taking or Using the Identity of Another Person and Possession of a Forged Device. An immigration hold will also be placed on him and his vehicle was seized.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Mario Bustamante was able to obtain numerous fraudulent credentials and even a security clearance on a high security military airbase. It begs the question of who else has access to our secure military facilities that may have sinister plans? I guess President Obama and the Senate Gang of Eight will likely defend suspect Bustamante saying this illegal was only trying to work and he really didn't intend to break any laws, but the system is stacked against him."
Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney
520.705.8124
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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