United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Bakersfield Man Indicted For Producing And Selling Fraudulent Immigration Documents
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
April 26, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that a federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment charging Mexican national Aldo Cruz-Trujillo, 26, of Bakersfield, with the production and sale of fraudulent government identification documents.
According to court documents, between November 2011 and February 2012, Cruz-Trujillo manufactured and sold false identification documents, such as social security cards and permanent resident cards, to customers in Bakersfield.
This case is the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorney Ian Garriques is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Cruz-Trujillo faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. The actual sentence, however, will be determined after conviction at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.