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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mexican National Arrested for Allegedly Creating and Selling Fraudulent Immigration Documents, Social Security Cards

Law enforcement seize document producing equipment, fraudulent documents and $27,000 in cash

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Mexican national who has an application for lawful permanent resident status pending with immigration authorities was arrested in Providence and ordered detained in federal custody today for allegedly creating and selling fraudulent immigration and social security documents using stolen personal identifying information.

Eufemio Aguilar, 50, of Providence, was ordered detained following his initial appearance in U.S. District Court before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan on a criminal complaint charging him with immigration document fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents and information presented to the Court, it is alleged that since at least August 2017, Aguilar has been creating and selling fraudulent federal government documents, such as fraudulent lawful resident cards and social security cards, at times using stolen personal identifying information such as actual social security numbers. It is alleged that he created and sold the documents from his Providence residence.

According to court documents, based on information developed by investigators, on at least three occasions Homeland Security Investigations Immigration and Customs Enforcement (HSI ICE) agents and Providence Police detectives arranged for the creation and delivery of fraudulent immigration documents and/or social security cards from Aguilar for $100 dollars each.

Earlier today, HSI ICE agents and Providence Police, with the assistance of Central Falls and Warwick Police, executed a federal court-authorized search warrant at Aguilar’s residence and seized, among other items, five laptop computers, two document producing machines and supplies used in the manufacture of government documents, several fraudulent government documents, and $27,000 in cash.

Aguilar’s arrest and detention are announced by United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh, Providence Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Central Falls Police Chief Colonel James J. Mendonca and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Stephen M. McCartney.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard W. Rose and John P. McAdams.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Topic(s): 
Identity Theft
Immigration
Component(s): 
Contact: 
Jim Martin (401) 709-5357
Press Release Number: 
18-57
Updated May 22, 2018