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Illegal immigrants sentenced for ID fraud

Posted September 19, 2008

— Eight illegal immigrants have been sentenced to 21 to 30 months in federal prison for participating in an identity fraud ring, authorities said.

Donovan Martinez-del Angel, 34, Omar Adalid Soto-Baltazar, 32, Jose Hernandez-Martines, 48, Jose Galvan-Rangel, 51, Sergio Martinez-Juarez, 23, Ernesto Esquivel-Perez, 30, Luis Salvador Villicana-Martinez, 35, and Roberto Ruiz-Torres, 21, each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce and transfer false identification documents and immigration violations.

The eight were indicted following an investigation, dubbed Operation Red Eye, by the U.S. Secret Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Between August 2006, and January, the men participated in a scheme in the Triangle to manufacture and sell counterfeit identification documents, including drivers’ licenses, Social Security cards and permanent resident cards, authorities said.

The men solicited customers by using business cards that contained almost no identifying information. They would take pictures of the customers, gather the information the customer wanted on the card and take a fee for providing phony documents, authorities said.

Six other people are awaiting sentencing in the case.


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  • maddiesmom972 Sep 23, 2008

    Give me a break - ONLY EIGHT!!! I see eight illegal immigrants as I am pulling out of my driveway in Greene County. REPORT AND DEPORT!

  • ses12067 Sep 23, 2008

    heather76......VERY well said!!! I echo your sentiments. God Bless America!!!

  • CountryGirl5555 Sep 23, 2008

    You know, I completely agree with the deportation idea...the only thing that I would change would be...If you want to be an American , please feel free to go to Iraq and Afghanistan so our men and women can come home. Deportation is almost too good for them, send them where they'll be needed, straight to the front lines. I'm thinking that would deter any others from coming over the boarder.

  • heather76 Sep 23, 2008

    I don't understand why they are allowed to walk around being known as "illegals". When any other thing in our country is illegal we go to jail for it. But yet illegal aliens are screaming for federal aid to attend college on our money, use our free public education, and get food stamps and medicaid. This drives me crazy!!I've seen my fiance who is a carpenter, go from job site to site looking for work.He couldn't find any, but every site was employed by hispanics.I know plenty of immigrants that came to this country legally.They pay taxes and don't mooch off the system & the immigrants I know that CAME here legally (not got here & then married an American) are not hispanic. We've let this illegal immigrant thing go way too long. We need to take our country back from this criminal, trashy, illiterate, conniving group of people who are destroying our quality of life in OUR country. I'm not racist... just fed up & tired of being quiet about it.

  • onpointe Sep 23, 2008

    My brother's social security number was stolen and used by a suspected illegal immigrant. It has been a major headache for him to straighten things out.

  • ncguy Sep 23, 2008

    I think all illegals or all criminals for that matter should start building the wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
    Yes wall no fence- a wall that goes 15 feet underground and is 30 feet tall.

  • cameragirl Sep 23, 2008

    The N&O reported yesterday that after their time they would be on 3 years supervised probation. I thought that we just deported them but I guess we let them live here and wait until they do it again.

  • They call me CATMAN Sep 23, 2008

    I hope they get deported after this.

  • Space Mountain Sep 23, 2008

    But the Latino groups want to to tell us all illegal immigrants are just hardworking folks. Please! This is a huge problem that need to be fixed now!

  • clickclackity2 Sep 22, 2008

    Calm down people...they'll be deported..and then come right back illegally with their homemade documents. Ha!