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Mexican National Sentenced for Immigration Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Mexican national who was held in federal custody for nearly two years for creating and selling fraudulent immigration and social security documents was sentenced today to time served and faces deportation.

Eufemio Aguilar, 52, previously admitted to the court that, working out of his Providence residence, he created and sold fraudulent federal government documents, such as fraudulent lawful resident cards and social security cards.

According to information presented to the court, on at least three occasions in March 2018, Homeland Security Investigations agents and Providence Police detectives arranged for controlled purchases of fraudulent immigration documents and social security cards created and sold by Aguilar for $100 dollars each. The lawful permanent resident cards contained alien registration numbers of real people.

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 $27,150 in cash, which was later administratively forfeited.

Aguilar pleaded guilty on May 8, 2020, to immigration document fraud. He was sentenced today by U.S. District Court William E. Smith to time served, approximately 23 months, and one year supervised release, announced United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Homeland Security Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Jason Molina, and Providence Police Chief Colonel High T. Clements, Jr.

Aguilar, who had an application for lawful permanent resident status pending with immigration authorities at the time of his arrest, faces deportation proceedings.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ly T. Chin.

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Contact

Jim Martin
(401) 709-5357

Updated June 8, 2020

Topic
Immigration
Press Release Number: 20-63