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Leader of Fake Immigration Document Ring Sentenced in Virginia

Sophisticated operation included cells in several states, according to U.S. Attorney's Office.

The leader of a fake identification ring that provided false documents for people in the country illegally was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison Tuesday.

Manuel Hidalgo Flores, 40, operated in multiple states, including a cell in Richmond, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

He pled guilty to conspiracy to engage in racketeering, interference with commerce by robbery and conspiracy to launder money. Flores will face deportation once he is released from prison, according to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente.

In the enterprise, Flores would provide counterfeit green cards, Social Security cards, out-of-state identification cards and more. A client would generally pay approximately $150 for a set of fraudulent identification documents 

Flores was identified as a suspect during an October 2013 investigation. Flores had planned to threaten or assault a rival fake ID operator in Richmond during a transaction that was secretly under surveillance and broken up by law enforcement.

Eleven other defendants are awaiting sentencing in the case.

Hawa Coulibaly July 01, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Glad he was caught, hope they catch the rest....
Laurie July 02, 2014 at 08:15 AM
Someone asked me this week to help them renew their passport. When they saw how long it would take, they said they could go to a local place and get it the same day for $300. I asked the name, and she said "something Spanish." I told her it was probably a fraud and criminal. I wish I had gotten more info, but it was a place in Alexandria. I should call and ask if she got one!
Marie July 02, 2014 at 08:49 AM
This is great. We get to shelter, feed, and keep healthy this guy for 12 years before we release him. He's getting off easy. Think about how much damage this guy has caused: FAKE social security numbers - for getting government handouts???; identification cards - for VOTING illegally? There's no telling how much these fake documents have impacted us.
Special K July 02, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Too bad deportation doesn't precede incarceration. a coslly way of dealing with illegally resident culprits guilty of aiding and abetting illegal immigration. Afterthought: Don't quite know what to do about similarly culpable chief executives and members of Congress.

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