Illegal Alien Who Produced and Distributed Forged Identity Documents Sentenced to over 4 Years in Federal Prison

October 20, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Roger W. Titus sentenced Ramon Landeros-Hernandez, a/k/a/ “Gonzo,” age 23, a Mexican citizen present in the United States illegally, today to 52 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Landeros-Hernandez will be deported from the United States after serving his prison term.

According to his guilty plea, Landeros-Hernandez created and distributed dozens of sets of false documents per week, and well over 100 sets of documents each year for several years, in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan areas. The sets of documents usually consisted of a false social security card, a permanent resident or resident alien card, and sometimes a driver’s license. The sets of documents were sold for $80 to $150, mostly to aliens who are not legally in the United States. Social security numbers were sometimes supplied by the customer, and sometimes randomly selected. Some of these social security numbers had been assigned to real individuals.

Landeros-Hernandez created the false identification cards at his Hyattsville apartment using a computer and printer. Landeros-Hernandez’s apartment was searched on November 2, 2007 and the computer and scanner/printer/copier used in the manufacture of the fake documents were seized, along with plastic laminates, financial documents, numerous fake resident alien, employment authorization, social security cards, and state identification and driver’s licenses. Landeros-Hernandez possessed and used a fake employment authorization card, which bore his picture, an alias, and the alien registration number of an Indian national, as well as a social security card using an alias and a number which was assigned to another individual.

In a related case, U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Ramon’s brother, Martin Landeros-Hernandez, a/k/a “Calce,” age 28, to 54 months in prison on the same charges.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who prosecuted the case.



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