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MONDAY - September 29, 2008

PRINTER IN ID FRAUD RING SENTENCED

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today U.S. District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced FABIAN ARTURO RAMIREZ-GALVAN, 24, an illegal alien living in Raleigh, North Carolina, to 51 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. A fine in the amount of $5,000 was also imposed.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on February 13, 2008. RAMIREZ-GALVAN pled guilty on April 7, 2008, to conspiring to produce and transfer false identification documents and improper entry by an alien.

RAMIREZ-GALVAN, along with 14 other co-defendants, from between August, 2006, and January, 2008, participated in a scheme to manufacture and sell counterfeit identification documents, including drivers’ licenses, social security cards, and permanent resident cards.

RAMIREZ-GALVAN was a printer in the organization. He managed a house of eight runners, six of whom are defendants in this case and two of whom were minors who have been deported. RAMIREZ-GALVAN set the rules for the eight runners who lived in the house with him, and he made sure that they were doing their jobs. He also collected orders from the runners, printed counterfeit IDs from another location and collected the money. RAMIREZ-GALVAN also kept extensive business records to record the sales of each runner in his house.

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.

Other leaders of this organization will be sentenced the week of October 6, 2008.

Mr. Holding commented: “The case focuses on a highly organized group providing false and fraudulent identifying documents and materials to large numbers of illegal aliens and others who used these items to avoid detection and to commit a range of other crimes. The commendable efforts of investigators with the Secret Service and ICE have thwarted the activities of this organization.”

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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