Man admits to living and working illegally

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, November 30, 2010

An Austin man pleaded guilty to using a false name to live and work in the country illegally Monday in Mower County Court.

Elfego Olvera-Reyes, 22, was arrested after Austin police performed an alcohol compliance check at El Mariachi Mexican restaurant, Olvera-Reyes’ place of employment.

Olvera-Reyes failed to check the ID of the person performing the compliance check and was initially charged with two other counts of felony forgery and serving liquor to a minor; however, those three counts were dismissed when he pleaded guilty to one count of felony forgery.

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The man identified himself as “Daniel Luna” to the person performing the compliance check and as “Joe Luna” to the officer. His manager told police Olvera-Reyes goes by the name of Joe Luna.

When police went to Olvera-Reyes’ home, located at 403 2nd Street Northwest Unit 3 in Austin, he presented to them a Mexico consulate card and Mexico federal voter card under his real identity.

Police found a Qwest bill and W-2 for “Joe Daniel Luna” at the residence, as well.

Olvera-Reyes later admitted that he was born in Mexico and came to the United States illegally four years ago. He said he bought a fake social security card and Minnesota driver’s license from “a guy” in Austin for $1,000, but said he could not remember the man’s name.

Olvera-Reyes’ sentencing court date is yet to be determined.