United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Previously Deported Alien Charged with Producing and Selling False Documents
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Thursday, October 24, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned an eight-count indictment today, charging Jose Jesus Arellano-Garitechea, 44, with producing and selling fraudulent documents, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
The indictment alleges that between June 2012 and August 2013, Arellano-Garitechea produced and sold fraudulent documents, including alien registration cards (commonly referred to as “green cards”) and social security cards, on at least five separate occasions.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Assistant United States Attorney Mia A. Giacomazzi is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, Arellano-Garitechea faces a statutory penalty of five to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. Any sentence, however, would 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. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.