AST Digital Magazine July/August 2016 - Page 65

Volume 6 6 Mexican Nat’ls Indicted for Counterfeit ID Ring Defendants charged with manufacturing fraudulent identification documents, including Social Security cards and alien registration receipt cards, often called “green cards.” A federal grand jury returned an indictment Thursday charging six Mexican nationals for their role in July-Aug 2016 Edition a scheme to manufacture and sell counterfeit identity and immigration documents, following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The defendants – including Angelica MorenoVelasquez, 31, Maria Victoria Perez-Vasquez, 30, Francisco Javier Hidalgo-Flores, 25, Lizet Amairani Ramirez-Zazueta, 26, and Veronica Rosales-Capitaine, 49, all of Fresno, and Fidel Vasquez-Velasquez, 22, of Madera – are charged with conspiracy; transferring false identification documents; possessing document-making implements; and fraud and misuse of alien registration receipt cards. According to court documents, Vasquez-Velasquez, Hidalgo-Flores and Rosales-Capitaine manufactured fraudulent identification documents, including Social Security cards and alien registration receipt cards, often called “green cards.” Vasquez-Velasquez, Hidalgo-Flores and Perez-Vasquez took orders, photographs, and biographical information from customers, then delivered the completed fraudulent identification documents to the buyers. ((0