FRESNO, Calif. — Veronica Rosales-Capitaine, 49, of Fresno, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to 14 months in prison for conspiracy to produce, transfer, possess, and sell false identification documents, U.S. 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 in prison, admitting that between January 2009 and October 2009, she conspired with others to manufacture fraudulent identification documents.
This case is 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 U.S. Attorney Christopher D. Baker is prosecuting the case.
On June 16, 2016, Rosales-Capitaine and five co-defendants were arrested for the scheme. On December 5, 2016, co-defendant Francisco Javier Hidalgo-Flores was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Charges are pending against the remaining co-defendants.