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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Monday, November 28, 2016

Two Fresno Residents Sentenced for Manufacturing and Selling Fraudulent Identification Documents

FRESNO, Calif. — Francisco Javier Hidalgo-Flores, 25, of Fresno, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to 15 months in prison for conspiracy to produce and sell false identification documents, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. Co-defendant Lizet Amairani Ramirez-Zazueta, 26, also of Fresno, was sentenced to time served for selling false identification documents. Both defendants have been in custody since their arrest on June 16, 2016.

According to court documents, Hidalgo-Flores manufactured 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. Hidalgo-Flores and Ramirez-Zazueta also delivered fraudulent identification documents to customers and other co-conspirators.

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.

“Counterfeit document traffickers will provide anyone with false documents for the right price,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge of HSI San Francisco. “This poses a potential national security threat and opens the door for imposters to steal identities and wreak havoc on innocent victims” lives.”

On June 16, 2016, Hidalgo-Flores and Ramirez-Zazueta were arrested along with four other co-defendants for the scheme. Co-defendant Veronica Rosales-Capitaine is scheduled to be sentenced on December 19, 2016; charges are pending against the remaining co-defendants. The pending charges are only allegations; the remaining co‑defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Press Release Number: 
1:16-cr-093 LJO
Updated November 28, 2016