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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

KC Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Sell False ID Documents to Illegal Aliens

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy that produced and sold thousands of false identification documents to illegal aliens.

 

Luis Daniel Cabrera-Guzman, also known as “Driver,” 30, a citizen of Mexico residing in Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Cabrera-Guzman to forfeit $403,700 to the government, which represents the total proceeds from the sale of at least 7,122 counterfeit identification documents during this criminal enterprise. Cabrera-Guzman must also forfeit to the government $9,376 that was seized by law enforcement officers at the time of his arrest, and which was obtained as the proceeds of his criminal conduct.

 

Cabrera-Guzman pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2014, to his role in the conspiracy to provide false identification documents. According to court documents, Cabrera-Guzman has been illegally living in the United States periodically since 2001. He was deported in May 2009 and June 2009 and illegally reentered the country.

 

Cabrera-Guzman admitted that he participated in a conspiracy with Eriberto Moises Medina-Aranda, 40, of Rayville, Mo., Ulises Montiel-Lazcano,  35, of Merriam, Kan., Cesar Mujica-Aranda, also known as “Oscar Gomez,” 25, of Liberty, Mo., and Bernardino Bautista-Hernandez, 32, also known as “Brujo,” of Kansas City, Mo., all of whom are citizens of Mexico, from Sept. 1, 2013, to Feb. 21, 2014, to produce and distribute thousands of false and counterfeit identification documents that were sold to aliens unlawfully residing and working within the United States.

 

Medina-Aranda, Montiel-Lazcano, Mujica-Aranda and Bautista-Hernandez all have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy in a separate but related case and await sentencing.

 

Mujica-Aranda admitted that he managed the production of counterfeit identification documents at his Liberty apartment. He managed the production of the false identification documents and sold the documents to numerous street level dealers, such as Bautista-Hernandez and Cabrera-Guzman. Mujica-Aranda produced fraudulent Lawful Permanent Resident cards, counterfeit Social Security cards, and false driver’s licenses from various states within the United States as well as Mexican states. Conspirators produced and sold thousands of false identification documents to illegal aliens so that the illegal aliens could stay and work within the United States.

 

Cabrera-Guzman admitted that he was one of the street-level dealers who illegally sold counterfeit identification documents. The street dealers would typically pay approximately $50 for each counterfeit identification document and they would keep any excess proceeds they were able to obtain from the sale of the counterfeit documents. Cabrera-Guzman sold sets of fraudulent Lawful Permanent Resident cards and counterfeit Social Security cards for approximately $100 per document set. (The newer versions of the updated Lawful Permanent Resident cards sold for more money.) Cabrera-Guzman sold false driver’s licenses from various states within the United States as well as Mexican states for about $100 each. He also sold false Mexican consular identification cards for approximately $100 each and fake Kansas City, Mo., liquor licenses for approximately $100.

 

On Jan. 30, 2014, Mujica-Aranda threw away a white plastic bag containing shredded pieces of fraudulent identity documents in a trash can at a gas station at St. John Avenue and Belmont in Kansas City, Mo. Early the next morning, a federal agent located the bag in the trash can. The bag contained shredded pieces of fraudulent identification documents, and weighed approximately two pounds. Each piece was approximately the size of a small paper clip, and the shredded pieces were immediately recognizable as fraudulent Lawful Permanent Resident cards, Social Security cards, Missouri non-driver’s licenses and Kansas identification cards. The agent also discovered two reels of depleted color card printer ribbon within the shredded pieces. One reel had images of fraudulent Lawful Permanent Resident cards.

 

Investigators secured a total of 16 reels of depleted color card printer ribbons weighing a total of 24 pounds, which were seized from a dumpster located at a gas station, a residence in Liberty, Mo., and a storage unit in Excelsior Springs, Mo. A United States Secret Service forensic testing lab evaluated these ribbons and was able to ascertain that the ribbons contained front and back images of 3,185 Lawful Permanent Resident cards.

 

These cases are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford. They were investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, the Kansas Department of Revenue – Office of Special Investigations, the Missouri Department of Revenue – Compliance Investigation Bureau and the Clay County, Mo., Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Updated March 24, 2015