United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Fresno And Tulare Men Sentenced To Prison For Running Fraudulent Document Operation
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Monday, May 13, 2013
Docket #: 1:12-cr-130-AWI
FRESNO, Calif. — Luis Mirabete-Pena, 24, of Fresno, and Benjamin Aparacio-Pablo, 26, of Tulare, were sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to 21 months and 18 months in prison respectively for conspiring with seven others to produce, transfer, possess, and sell false identification documents, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, the defendants conspired with others to produce forged social security cards and alien registration cards at various fraudulent document mills between January 2012 and April 2012. Mirabete-Pena and Aparacio-Pablo produced the fraudulent documents, while Mirabete-Pena and others distributed and sold sets of the completed documents for up to $124 to customers in Fresno, Tulare and Madera counties. All nine defendants have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy; two remaining defendants, Clovis resident Jenny Thanh Nguyen and Fresno resident Felix Santiago-Matias, are scheduled to be sentenced in June 2013.
This case was the product of an extensive investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (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.