Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the sentencing to federal prison of two illegal Mexican nationals for conspiring to operate a document mill and selling fraudulent government identification in Baltimore.
On April 24, 2013, U. S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Roberto Morales-Perez, aka Piza, 27, to six years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to operate a document mill in the 200 block of South Broadway in Baltimore (Broadway Territory). On April 23, Judge Quarles sentenced the brother of Morales-Perez, Ivan Altamirano-Perez, aka Elmer, 33, to 97 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit fraud, fraud and misuse of immigration documents, social security fraud, and identification document fraud, in the same scheme. Both face removal from the United States upon the completion of their criminal sentences.
According to their plea agreements and other court documents, from June 2008 through May 2010, Morales-Perez and Altamirano-Perez received the income from manufacturing illegal permanent resident cards, social security cards and other identity documents. Beginning in May 2010, the Perez brothers shared the territory and income with Miguel Reyes-Ontiveros, 42, of Baltimore. In order to avoid detection, the location of manufacturing the illegal documents change frequently. The brothers and Reyes-Ontiveros not only sold the illegal documents themselves, but also used at least 10 individuals to sell and distribute the illegal fake documents.
According to their plea agreements, the salesmen solicited individuals in the Broadway territory to purchase the fake identification documents, either in person or by distributing business cards. The salesman would negotiate a price with the buyer, usually between $130 and $160, and obtain a picture and the information, which the buyer wanted on the identification card. The salesman would then call in the order to the operator who was working that week. The completed identity document would subsequently be provided to the salesman to be sold to the buyer.
All defendants have pleaded guilty in this case. Miguel Reyes-Ontiveros was sentenced to 57 months in prison. All of the defendants are in the United States illegally and face deportation upon the completion of their sentences.
The defendants manufactured and sold 9,990 illegal fraudulent identification documents for which they received approximately $1.68 million.