Illegal Alien Indicted After Entering McConnell Air Force Base


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Illegal Alien Indicted After Entering McConnell Air Force Base

By Jim Douglas

August 23, 2010 - A second illegal alien has been indicted for document fraud after trying to gain access to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the Air Force Security Police at McConnell and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). 

Lorenzo Mondragon-Sanchez, 38, a Mexican national, tried to enter the base Aug. 11 as part of a work crew for Djon Construction Co., a subcontractor of Lakeshore Engineering Services Inc., which has building projects underway on the base. 

Mondragon is currently in ICE custody and is expected to appear in court on the indictment early this week. Djon and Lakeshore both are Michigan companies. 


Mondragon was indicted Aug. 19 by a federal grand jury on charges of document fraud and aggravated identity theft. He allegedly used an altered Permanent Resident Alien Card and counterfeit social security card bearing a number assigned to someone else to get his job with Djon. If convicted, Mondragon faces up to 10 years in federal prison on the document fraud count and a minimum mandatory sentence of two years in prison on the aggravated identity theft count. There is no parole in the federal prison system. 

Another illegal, Jose Gonzalez-Ramirez, 38, and also a Mexican national, was indicted in July for re-entry after deportation and document fraud after a similar incident at McConnell. Gonzalez-Ramirez was employed by ServiceMaster Clean in a Wink Inc., located in Wichita, which also has a base contract. Gonzalez-Ramirez remains in federal custody pending charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson, District of Kansas, is prosecuting the case. As in any criminal case, an indictment merely alleges criminal conduct, and the person charged is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

McConnell Air Force Base is located four miles southeast of the central business district of Wichita, a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas. The base was named in honor of Wichita brothers Fred and Thomas McConnell, both Air Force pilots and World War II veterans. It is the home of the Air Mobility Command's 22d Air Refueling Wing (22 ARW), the Air Force Reserve Command's 931st Air Refueling Group (931 ARG), and the Kansas Air National Guard's 184th Intelligence Wing (184 IW). McConnell is the only Total Force base, and its primary mission is to provide global reach by conducting air refueling and airlift where and when needed.

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