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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Camden, N.J., Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Making Fake Green Cards

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for his role in a scheme to produce and sell fake government documents, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Domingo Luna, 34, aka “Morro,” previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging him with one count of making fake identification documents and one count of willfully entering the United States illegally. Judge Rodriguez imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

Luna was arrested by special agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) on Dec. 12, 2013. A Mexican citizen not legally in the United States, he has been held in ICE administrative custody since that time.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Luna, who previously convicted of theft in 2001 and later convicted of aggravated assault with bodily harm in 2011, was deported from the United States on May 29, 2012. During his plea hearing Luna admitted to willfully entering the United States after his 2012 deportation.

Federal law enforcement officers learned that a man nicknamed “Morro” was producing and selling false and fraudulent U.S. Social Security cards, permanent residence cards and driver’s licenses from a location in Camden. From early to mid-December 2013, “Morro,” who was later identified as Luna, sold an undercover law enforcement officer two fake Social Security cards, a fraudulent permanent residence card and a Pennsylvania driver’s license. Luna took pictures of the officer with a digital camera and produced the documents at the Camden address. At the time of his arrest, law enforcement officers found evidence of a sophisticated fraudulent document-making operation, including computer equipment, a digital camera, a laminating machine and at least 25 fake cards in Luna’s residence.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Rodriguez sentenced Luna to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of ICE HSI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge John P. Woods with the investigation leading to today’s arrests.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara A. Aliabadi of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

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Defense counsel: Tom Young Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden
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