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Woman pleads guilty to aggravated forgery

Published 4:59pm Saturday, August 21, 2010

A woman residing in Austin pleaded guilty to aggravated forgery Friday in Mower County court after a co-worker’s significant other reported that she was working with an alias.

Monica Vargas-Jardinez, 37, awaits sentencing in January. She has also been ordered to cooperate with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the branch that handled deportations.

According to a criminal complaint, a woman reported to Austin police in February that her boyfriend was being harassed by Vargas-Jardinez, the man’s work supervisor at the Austin Packaging Company. The woman also said Vargas-Jardinez was employed illegally as “Diana Doreen Fernandez.”

A detective contacted the APC human resources department, which provided documentation of “Fernandez’s” employment. The detective also learned that Vargas-Jardinez had brought a complaint to police in November of last year using her real name. The detective spoke with the officer who met with Vargas-Jardinez and showed him an APC work photo of “Fernandez;” the officer said it was the same person.

Records also indicate that “Fernandez” was living concurrently in California and Austin.

On April 21, Vargas-Jardinez came into the Austin Law Enforcement Center to report a crime. Realizing it was the woman he was investigating, the detective called APC, who sent an HR employee to come verify the woman’s identity. The employee verified that the woman worked at APC as “Fernandez.”

Upon questioning, Vargas-Jardinez admitted her true name and said she was using the alias for work. She was then arrested. A subsequent police search of her 305 10th Ave. SW home turned up a number of legal documents in both names.

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  • jmdaniel

    Same old story, only the false names have changed…

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  • NotfromHere

    Another fake crime to prosecute with our childrens money. Another person denied an opportunity to make a living. Another step closer to pushing a manufacturer outside of our borders.

    I agree with you JM that this getting old.

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  • anonymous2

    If this criminal wouldn’t have initially broken the law by not respecting our borders, our children’s money would stay in our pockets, not the attorneys’.

    Looking forward to the change-of-subject reply. But when all is said and done, this person is a criminal. No disputing that. But I guess you want our legal system to be a pick-and-choose style of law.

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    • NotfromHere

      Nope I am all for enforcing our laws – just remove the stupid ones from the books. Remove fake laws and suddenly you have a lot less crime. On the subject of pick and choose style of law – we currently have a pick and choose law that picks who can come in (we welcome all Somalian’s but sorry Mexico you cannot join us at this time), with pick and choose enforcement. The current process is akin to only giving tickets to drivers of red mini vans that are going between 8 and 12 miles over the speed limit and ignoring all other speeders. And my question is why is there a speed limit of 20 mph in the middle of a wide open plain with no traffic – and the drum beat from the good ole boys is “Doesn’t matter – illegal is illegal”.

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