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Undocumented Immigrants Indicted for Counterfeit Identification Documents

September 27, 2011

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted three undocumented Mexican nationals on charges involving counterfeit identification documents, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Raymond R. Parmer Jr.

The indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges JOSE DIAZ-ARMENTA, 22, MARGARITA VACA-LIMA, 35, and JAIRO SOSA-PINACHO, 28, with two counts each of transferring counterfeit Social Security and Permanent Resident cards earlier this year. The indictment also charges SOSA-PINACHO with two counts of manufacturing counterfeit identification documents and one count of possessing the equipment to produce such documents.

“We ask for continuing vigilance from the community to help us detect anyone who is providing false identity documents, as those identities might be used by people who wish to do our country harm,” Vance said.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa K. Atwood is prosecuting the case.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.





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