Business woman gets prison for using other woman's ID

Xiomara Barralaga-Cruz
Xiomara Barralaga-Cruz

GULFPORT -- A Gulfport business woman has been ordered to prison for two years for using another woman's identity to get a passport.

Xiomara Barralaga-Cruz, known locally as Alexa Carrillo, also is subject to deportation after her prison term is served.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced her Friday on a guilty plea to making a false statement to get a passport.

Cruz, 49, came under investigation while she was manager of Latino American Insurance & Services in Gulfport.

Homeland Security Investigations agents searched her workplace and said they found numerous documents belonging to the woman whose name Cruz had assumed. HSI also found evidence she notarized illegal documents at work.

A federal grand jury indicted her and her husband, Sergio Jesus Valdes, on the same charge in April.

Cruz was ordered held with no bond May 7.

However, after being incarcerated, she signed a quit-claim deed to give a home on Beverly Drive in Gulfport to her boyfriend's children.

A copy of the deed and a jail visitation log was submitted in court records as a prosecutor maintained Cruz had not acted in good faith after indictment.

Court records show Cruz has entered the U.S. without permission at least three times since 1990, and had assumed the identity of a woman incarcerated in New York since 2006.

She obtained a Mississippi ID card, birth certificate and passport in the woman's name.

Her husband, 39, also is subject to deportation.

Valdes pleaded guilty to the same charge as his wife, and received credit for time served July 23.

Removal proceedings are held in immigration courts.