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United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California

Clovis Woman Pleads Guilty in Dismantled Document Fraud Operation

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Docket #: 1:12-CR-0130 AWI



FRESNO, Calif. — Jenny Thanh Nguyen, 57, of Clovis, pleaded guilty today to conspiring with others to produce, transfer, possess, and sell false identification documents, announced U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner. She is the fifth of nine defendants to plead guilty after being charged early last year in connection with a fraudulent document operation in Fresno, Tulare and Madera Counties.

According to the plea agreement, between January 2012 and April 2012, Nguyen participated in a conspiracy to produce false identification documents at various fraudulent document mills. Nguyen and her co-conspirators took customer orders for fraudulent documents, produced false identification documents and delivered and sold them to customers for between approximately $90.00 to $124.00 for a set of documents that included a forged social security card and an alien registration card.

This case was the product of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance from the Fresno County Sherriff’s Office Air Support Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Baker is prosecuting the case.

Nguyen is scheduled to be sentenced on April 8, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii. The maximum statutory penalty she faces is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined 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.

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