COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A group wants all of the charges dropped against the 105 people accused of using fraudulent documents to work at 2 companies. Advocates are calling Wednesday's raid scandalous and unnecessary.
The Florida Department of Financial Services said the more than 100 suspects used other people's names and social security numbers to get work.
Maria Rodriguez, with the Florida Immigration Association, said the arrests are unfair and criminalize hard working individuals at the tax payers expense.
But state investigators tell WINK News this was never a case about citizenship. They said it's about protecting Florida workers and the victims who had their identity stolen.
State investigators began looking into Incredible Fresh Seafood in September 2013 after a worker tried to file a claim using someone else's identity.
"This is not a workmans comp bust.This is an immigration raid that destroys families, that leaves children orphans, and spouses widows by deportation" said Rodriguez.
On Friday afternoon more workers appeared in court to face charges of workers compensation fraud and criminal use of personal ID. State investigators said these suspects used the identity of more than 2 dozen people to get hired.
"If anyone thinks that the agricultural workers or the tourism workers have papers and are working with papers than everyone knows that that's not true and thats why we need immigration reform and thats why we've been fighting for immigration reform" said Rodriguez.
WINK News went back to Incredible Fresh Seafood 2 days after that bust. Employees tell us that for the most part it was business as usual. Employees said they were training new hires brought in by the company this week.
Rodriguez said she is meeting with some families of the workers arrested.
As for the state, they said this investigation is far from over and more arrests could come.