Fresno man sentenced for selling false immigration documents

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno resident Marco Antonio Quiahua-Panzo, 20, was sentenced today to one year in prison for conspiring to sell false identification documents and for being a deported alien found in the United States.

Quiahua-Panzo also was ordered to forfeit his interest in various property – including approximately $30,000 – seized at his residence at the time of his arrest.

Co-defendant Omar Hernandez-Gomez, 26, of Madera, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 7, 2013. The defendants have been in custody since their arrest on January 17, 2013.

According to court documents, between October 2012 and January 2013, Quiahua-Panzo and Hernandez-Gomez sold false identification documents to customers in Fresno and Madera Counties.

The defendants took orders from customers for fraudulent social security cards and alien registration cards, also known as “green cards,” and ultimately sold fraudulent documents using the photographs and biographical information provided to them by the customers.

Quiahua-Panzo and Hernandez-Gomez sold and delivered to customers at least 10 sets of false documents, charging between $100 and $180 for a set of fraudulent alien registration cards and social security cards.

“Trafficking in counterfeit documents poses a serious security vulnerability and contributes to a host of other types of crimes, including identity theft and financial fraud,” said Mike Prado, resident agent in charge of HSI Fresno. “Our goal in these investigations is to identify and ultimately dismantle the criminal organizations behind these highly lucrative schemes.”

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