Federal trial begins Monday for four people charged with transporting illegal immigrants

Two men and two women will face charges of conspiring to transport illegal immigrants by motor vehicle in a federal trial scheduled to begin on Monday.

Defendants Lorena Martinez, Peter Jones, Beatrice Rodriguez and Joesantos Zacarias are charged with conspiring to transport the illegal immigrants from 1993 to November 2010, when they were indicted by a federal grand jury.

The group is also charged with knowingly engaging in monetary transactions with financial institutions as it pertains to criminally derived property greater than $10,000 from March 2006 to October 2006.

The transactions included the purchase of properties in Portland and Corpus Christi.

Additionally, counts three and four of the indictment charge Martinez, Jones, Rodriguez and Zacarias of assisting one another more than once to evade reporting requirements for monetary transactions.

U.S. District Judge John Rainey will preside over the case.

The case is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.