Wednesday, December 19, 2012

ICE/HSI Dismantles Fresno-Area Counterfeit Document Mill

Fresno, CA – December 18, 2012

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested two Fresno-area residents on December 4, 2012 from an investigation based on the allegation that they were operating a fraudulent document mill.

The article, released yesterday on the ICE website, states “The defendants took photographs and biographical information from the customers and used the information to produce fraudulent Social Security cards and alien registration cards, also known as “green cards.””

The suspects, “Antonio Mora-Cruz, 45, and Soledad Vargas-Herrera, 59, both of Madera, were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Shelia K. Oberto on a 12-count indictment charging them with conspiring to produce and sell false identification documents.”

If they are convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, which is the same penalty previously seen in our ”ICE Dismantles 2 Major Fresno-area Phony Document Mills” blog post.

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