Omaha Man Convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Counterfeit Identification Documents
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced Pedro Pani De La Cruz, age 46, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced after having previously pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute counterfeit identification documents. The Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced De La Cruz to 24 months imprisonment. In the event he is not deported to Mexico when he completes his prison term, he will serve a 3 year term of supervised release.
From December 13, 2013, through July 30, 2014, De La Cruz was manufacturing and selling counterfeit Social Security cards, Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident cards and Nebraska identification cards. Law enforcement agents searched his residence and found a computer containing thousands of fraudulent documents.
Felipe Moncado was used as a middleman who would collect money from the customers, give it to De La Cruz, and then deliver the documents from De La Cruz back to the customer. Moncado sold counterfeit documents to two different confidential informants. He previously pled guilty to the conspiracy charge and two counts of unlawful transfer of a document. He had served 230 days in prison and was given credit for time served.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.