KEVIN ALEXANDER SANTAMARIA-OVIEDO AND JENNIFER MARILYN HERRERA INDICTED FOR UNLAWFUL TRANSFER OF IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS AND POSSESSION OF DOCUMENT-MAKING IMPLEMENTS
KEVIN ALEXANDER SANTAMARIA-OVIEDO, age 21, a citizen of El Salvador, and JENNIFER MARILYN HERRERA, age 19, a resident of Austin, Texas, were charged in a three-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for unlawful transfer of identification documents and possession of document-making implements, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, on or about April 4, 2012, SANTAMARIA knowingly transferred a counterfeit Social Security card and a counterfeit Permanent Resident Card, knowing that such documents were produced without lawful authority, and the false identification documents appear to have been issued by or under the authority of the United States. It is also alleged that SANTAMARIA and HERRERA knowingly produced and possessed document-making implements, with intent that the document-making implements would be used to produce false identification documents. SANTAMARIA illegally entered the United States.
If convicted, SANTAMARIA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of forty-five (45) years, a fine of $750,000.00 and nine (9) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. HERRERA faces up to fifteen (15) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U. S. Attorney Robert Weir.
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