Third Defendant Pleads Guilty In Fraudulent Identification Document Conspiracy
FRESNO, Calif. — Veronica Rosales-Capitaine, 49, of Fresno, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to produce, transfer, possess, and sell false identification documents, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, between June 2015 and June 2016, Rosales-Capitaine conspired with others to manufacture fraudulent identification documents, including social security cards and alien registration receipt cards, for customers who placed orders and paid as much as $150 for a set of the fraudulent documents. In March 2010, Rosales-Capitaine was convicted of the same offense and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, admitting that between January 2009 and October 2009, she conspired with others to manufacture fraudulent identification documents.
This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Investigations Division. Assistant United States Attorney Christopher D. Baker is prosecuting the case.
On June 16, 2016, Rosales-Capitaine and five co-defendants were arrested for the scheme. Co-defendants Francisco Javier Hidalgo-Flores and Lizet Amairani Ramirez-Zazueta, also of Fresno, pleaded guilty on September 19, 2016; charges are pending against the remaining co-defendants. The charges are only allegations; they are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Rosales-Capitaine is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on December 19, 2016. Rosales-Capitaine faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.