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At The Border: 3 Charged In Sale Of Child

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Published on: August 2, 2019

Three people have been charged by federal prosecutors in the Western District of Texas in a scheme to sell a Mexican child for a mere $2,500.

According to the Department of Justice, “federal authorities filed two criminal complaints charging three individuals for their roles in a human trafficking scheme involving a male child, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden.”

Elida Kassandra Moreno, a 26-year-old American who lives in Piedras Negras, Mexico, faces a charge of bringing an illegal alien into the U.S. for profit and lying to a federal agent.

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Moreno is also facing a separate complaint o conspiracy to transport an illegal alien.  That charge also applies to Victor Manuel Monsivais, 65, of San Antonio, and Nery Uriostegui Dominguez, a 26-year-old Mexican.

According to the complaints, “Zavala County Sheriff’s deputies, acting on law enforcement information they received and a request for assistance, executed a traffic stop yesterday in Batesville, TX, on a vehicle occupied by Moreno.  Moreno was taken to the HSI office in Eagle Pass for questioning.  While being questioned, Moreno told investigators she was approached by a friend’s neighbor in Piedras Negras to transport a boy to his family in San Antonio while using her own son’s birth certificate in exchange for $1,700.  Moreno and the child crossed into the U.S. through Eagle Pass, rented a hotel room in Eagle Pass, then took a shuttle van the next day to San Antonio.”

Later, “While in San Antonio, Moreno claims the friend’s neighbor told her to meet Uriostegui at Santa Rosa Park, collect $2,500 from him and deliver the child.  Subsequently, Moreno said her friend’s neighbor told her not to hand over the child and a struggle between Moreno and Uriostegui ensued.  SAPD officers arrived at the scene and took Uriostegui into custody.  Moreno subsequently, at her friend’s neighbor’s bidding, met her father, Monsivais, at a truck stop on I-35 South in San Antonio and delivered the child to him.”

After being arrested at the H-E-B, Monsivais told HSI agents he was “doing a favor for his daughter who was in Mexico.”

While Monsivais claimed he was not getting paid for keeping the boy, officials said HSI agents found several “money service business receipts in his vehicle.”

“This continuing investigation is being conducted by HSI together with the San Antonio Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Banister is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government,” the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said.

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After being arrested at the H-E-B, Monsivais told HSI agents he was “doing a favor for his daughter who was in Mexico.”

While Monsivais claimed he was not getting paid for keeping the boy, officials said HSI agents found several “money service business receipts in his vehicle.”

“This continuing investigation is being conducted by HSI together with the San Antonio Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Banister is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government,” the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said.

Monsivais; Elida Kassandra Moreno, 26; and Nery Uriostegui Dominguez, 26, are facing up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine for their roles in a human trafficking scheme.

“Moreno also faces up to ten years in federal prison for bringing an illegal alien into the U.S. for-profit and up to five years in federal prison for making a false statement to a federal official upon conviction,” the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Wednesday.

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