FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 16, 2006
SEVEN MEN INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY INVOLVING
PRODUCTION AND SALE OF COUNTERFEIT IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announced that today a federal Grand Jury has indicted seven men for conspiring to produce and transfer false identification documents, including counterfeit U.S. Permanent Resident cards, U. S. Resident Alien cards, Social Security cards, and state and foreign driver’s licenses. The seven men charged are ALEJANDRO IZALDE-PETRIS, a/k/a “Yuca”, a/k/a Jorge Lopez Lopez, age 32, JUAN JOSE PAZ-MIRELES, a/k/a “Chino”, a/k/a Roberto Lopez Castro, age 28, EDGAR HUGO CAMPOS-ESCALANTE, a/k/a “Frodo”, age 27, SANTIAGO CASIMIRO LOPEZ, a/k/a “Konan”, age 29, CARLOS OLADE-ESPINDOLA, a/k/a “Chicara”, age 19, FERNANDO MUNOZ-ROSAS, a/k/a “Lag”, age 33, and LUIS MANUEL GONZALEZ-MEDINA, age 22. All were in the United States illegally, according to the Indictment.
According to the Indictment, the defendants and their co-conspirators operated a well-organized and sophisticated counterfeit document ring in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. The Indictment alleges that defendants’ counterfeit document ring used a system of apartments, a fleet of cars, cellular phones, business cards, and sophisticated equipment and materials to accomplish its goals. According to the Indictment, hundreds of counterfeit identification documents were sold by the defendants.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial at which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Clay C. Wheeler is prosecuting the case for the United States.
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