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FRIDAY - September 19, 2008

SENTENCING FOR EIGHT ILLEGAL ALIENS
IN FALSE ID PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court spanning four days, September 16, 2008, to September 19, 2008, eight defendants in the investigative case entitled Operation Red Eye were sentenced before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III. DONOVAN MARTINEZ-DEL ANGEL, 34, pled guilty on June 9, 2008, to conspiracy to produce and transfer false identification documents and improper entry by alien, received 30 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised; OMAR ADALID SOTO-BALTAZAR, 32, pled on May 6, 2008, to the conspiracy charge and re-entry by removed alien, and received 21 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release; JOSE HERNANDEZ-MARTINES, 48, also pled on May 6, 2007, to the conspiracy charge and re-entry by removed alien, and received 30 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release; JOSE GALVAN-RANGEL, 51, SERGIO MARTINEZ-JUAREZ, 23, pled on May 6, 2008, to the conspiracy charge and improper entry by alien, receiving 21 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release; ERNESTO ESQUIVEL-PEREZ, 30, also pled on May 6, 2008, to the conspiracy charge and improper entry by alien, but received 30 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release LUIS SALVADOR VILLICANA-MARTINEZ, 35, pled on May 19, 2008, to the conspiracy charge and improper entry by alien, received 21 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised released; ROBERTO RUIZ-TORRES, 21, pled on May 6, 2008, to conspiracy to produce and transfer false identification documents received 21 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. All had a fine of $1,000 imposed.

The defendants, all illegal aliens residing in and around the Raleigh-Durham area, 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 six other co-conspirators, participated in a scheme to manufacture and sell counterfeit identification documents, including drivers’ licenses, social security cards, and permanent resident cards.

The defendants, who acted as runners, solicited customers by using business cards that contained almost no identifying information. The runners would then take pictures of the customers, and gather the information the customer wanted on the card. The runners also collected the money: $40-50 for a Social Security Card and $200 for a driver’s license or other ID card.

The runners would then send the photographs with relevant information to the printer to print the ID. The pictures and information were either sent to the printer’s phone as multimedia messages or saved onto a SD card and manually given to the printer. The printer would then give the runner the requested IDs along with the runner’s business card in a small envelope.

The investigation was a long and involved process which took many intensive hours of work. This meticulous job was accomplished efficiently and, as seen by the sentences given thus far, effectively. The agents involved in this case should be commended for their hard work,” stated United States Attorney George Holding. The remaining six defendants, including the leaders, are still awaiting sentencing.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Investigation of the case was conducted by the United States Secret Service and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant United States Attorney David Bragdon served as prosecutor for the government.

 

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