ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA – United States Attorney, Erica H. MacDonald, announced the guilty plea of a Mexican citizen, Alejandro Mario Cortes, that faked his own kidnapping in efforts to fain an immigration visa.
According to Cortes’ guilty plea, he admitted to orchestrating a fraudulent kidnapping that resulted in him ending in St. Paul, Minnesota. Cortes had a co-conspirator, his nephew, drive him from his home in Chicago, Illinois to Minnesota and stayed in a storage unit together for several days. In the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Alejandro Cortes, 46, has been convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and one count of reentry of removed alien.
In his guilty, he included that he instructed his nephew to bind his mouth and hands with duct tape and abandon him on Randolph Avenue on April 17, where he was found by a snowplow driver. Cortes initially lied to authorities and told them that a group of men kidnapped him, put a bag over his head and Cortes even went as far as telling authorities that he revived multiple threatening text messages from his captors leading up to the days of the kidnapping and showed text messages.
Cortes is a citizen of Mexico with no supporting documentation to support his being in the United States. Cortes was removed from the US twice previously, once in 2001 and another time in 2010.