Guatemalan Man Sentenced to 21 Months for Selling Fraudulent Identity Documents
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska
United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Werner Monterroso-Monterroso, 26, of Guatemala, was sentenced on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for unlawful transfer of a document or authentication feature. United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Monterroso-Monterroso to imprisonment for 21 months to be followed by a 3-year term of supervised release. Monterroso-Monterroso will be removed (deported) by immigration authorities after he completes his term of imprisonment.
On April 22, 2022, investigators made a purchase of fraudulent documents (a Social Security card, California Identification Card, and a Texas birth certificate) in exchange for $1,200. Investigators made a second purchase of fraudulent documents on June 8, 2022, and received a Nebraska Identification Card, a Social Security card, and a Texas birth certificate in exchange for $1,200. Such fraudulent documents are frequently sought by job applicants as they are required to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. The Social Security cards were confirmed to have valid numbers and names but are counterfeit.
Following the purchases, investigators obtained a warrant to search Monterroso-Monterroso’s residence in Schuyler, Nebraska. The warrant was executed on August 24, 2022, yielding 87 counterfeit documents (in addition to the 6 obtained through the document purchases), many of which appeared to have been issued by or under the authority of the United States.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Fraud Unit.
Updated May 26, 2023