Barreto brother faces Arkansas charges

MEMPHIS – Ramon Barreto’s brother is headed to Little Rock, Ark., to face more charges related to his immigration into the U.S.
Thursday, Jose Alfred Barreto-Ortiz, also known as Ricardo Santana, pleaded guilty in Memphis federal court on two counts that he concealed information about illegally entering the U.S. and fraudulently misused a visa or permit.
Barreto-Ortiz was arrested in Memphis on May 25 after he was indicted May 13.
His brother, Ramon, and Ramon’s wife, Janet, of Union County are wanted in the negligent manslaughter death of their 2-year-old adopted daughter, Enna. They also were indicted on charges of child endangerment and felony child abuse of some of the numerous children they adopted from Guatemala.
Janet Barreto also is charged with tampering with a witness, her jailed daughter, Marainna Torres, who pleaded guilty to killing the child in a fit of anger in May 2008.
The couple fled from their rural home outside New Albany just before they were to go on trial in May 2009. Their story has aired three times on Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” television show, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service continues to try to learn their location.
They’re believed to be in Mexico, where Barreto has family.
Officials say Barreto-Ortiz was arrested initially in hopes he might tell them where the Barretos are.
In Western Tennessee U.S. District Court, Barreto-Ortiz was sentenced to time served and turned over to marshals for transport to the Eastern Arkansas District where he’s facing two charges – fraudulent use of a social security number and fraudulent use of a resident alien card.
Leigh Ann Jordan, with the western Tennessee U.S. attorney’s office, said Barreto-Ortiz will be deported back to Mexico after his Arkansas charges are dealt with.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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