FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - February 24, 2009
LAST DEFENDANT SENTENCED
IN FALSE ID PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced JOSE CAMPOS-SANCHEZ to 27 months’ imprisonment.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Superseding Criminal Indictment on July 17, 2008. On September 15, 2008, CAMPOS-SANCHEZ pled guilty to conspiracy to produce and transfer false identification documents and improper entry by an alien. Between August, 2006, and January 10, 2008, CAMPOS-SANCHEZ, along with other co-conspirators, all illegal aliens, residing in the Raleigh-Durham area, participated in a scheme to manufacture and sell counterfeit identification documents, including drivers’ licenses, social security cards, and permanent resident cards.
CAMPOS-SANCHEZ, who acted as a runner, and others, 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.
Mr. Holding commented, “With the dedicated efforts of the Secret Service and ICE, a ring of identity thieves has been captured and justly sentenced. Criminals, like the defendant, pose a threat to the financial security of hard-working, law-abiding citizens of the community. My office will continue to work with law enforcement to root out these criminals and prosecute them to the fullest extent.”
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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