FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - April 7, 2008
FOUR ILLEGAL ALIENS TO PLED GUILTY
IN DOCUMENT COUNTERFEITING RING
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court LUIS JUAREZ-DIAZ, 32, CLAUDIO DANIEL SANDOVAL-GOMEZ, 27, CARLOS CABALLERO-FRANCO, 24, and FABIAN ARTURO RAMIREZ-GALVAN, 24, all illegal aliens residing in and around the Raleigh-Durham area, were arraigned before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, and pled guilty to conspiring to produce and transfer false documents appearing to have been issued by or under the authority of the United States, conspiring to possess with intent to unlawfully transfer five or more false identification documents, and conspiring to possess document-making implements suited for making false identification documents, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028(f). RAMIREZ-GALVAN also pled to improper entry by an alien, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1325(a). JUAREZ-DIAZ and SANDOVAL-GOMEZ pled to re-entry by a removed alien, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a).
The four defendants were charged in a 20-count Criminal Indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury on February 13, 2008. Between August, 2006, and January 10, 2008, the defendants, along with 10 other co-conspirators, participated in a scheme to manufacture and sell counterfeit identification documents, including drivers’ licenses, social security cards, and permanent resident cards.
“Crimes of production of counterfeit government identification undermine not only our country’s safety and security but its financial stability. As United States citizens, we must remain vigilant guarding against such crimes. My office will continue to prosecute these crimes aggressively,” stated Mr. Holding.
The maximum penalty for a conspiracy in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028(f) is 15 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. Re-entry by a removed alien is punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. Improper entry by an alien is punishable by up to 2 years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine where it is a second or successive offense, as it was here.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney David Bragdon served as prosecutor for the government.
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