Mexican National Indicted for Immigration Document Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft
PROVIDENCE, RI – A federal grand jury in Providence today returned a five-count indictment charging a Mexican national with immigration document fraud and aggravated identity theft.
The indictment charges Eufemio Aguilar, 50, of Providence with four counts of knowingly forging, counterfeiting, altering and falsely making and possessing a Lawful Permanent Residence Card and social security card, and one count of aggravated identity theft.
The return of the grand jury indictment is 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.
According to court documents and information presented to the Court at the time of Aguilar’s arrest and detention on May 22, 2018, 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. It is alleged that he created and sold the documents from his Providence residence.
On at least three occasions Homeland Security Investigations 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.
On May 22, 2018, Homeland Security Investigations 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.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard W. Rose and John P. McAdams.
An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled. An indictment 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.