Document fraud cases in Tulare, Madera counties result in prison sentences

FRESNO, Calif. -  

Three defendants were sentenced today in two separate fraudulent document cases, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. In both cases, the defendants were involved in a scheme to produce and sell false identification documents. The documents were sold to customers for up to $124 a set that would include a forged social security card and an alien registration card.

These cases are the product of investigations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The Fresno County Sherriff’s Office Air Support Unit assisted in the second investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Baker is prosecuting the cases

In the Madera County case, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced Madera residents Antonio Mora-Cruz, 45, to 18 months in prison and Soledad Vargas-Herrera, 59, to 15 months in prison, for conspiring to produce and sell false identification documents from their residence in November and December 2012. Mora-Cruz also was sentenced for being a deported alien found in the United States. (Docket #:1:12-cr-437-LJO)

Othoniel Parra-Gallardo, 32, of Tulare, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to 15 months in prison for conspiring with eight others to produce and sell false identification documents to customers in Fresno, Tulare and Madera Counties between January and April 2012. All nine defendants have pleaded guilty; Parra-Gallardo is the fifth to be sentenced. (Docket #: 1:12-cr-130-AWI)

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