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Document and Benefit Fraud
03/04/2010

2 Central California men charged with producing fake identity documents

FRESNO, Calif. - Two Mexican nationals will be arraigned here Friday following their indictment by a federal grand jury on charges stemming from an extensive investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into allegations they produced and sold counterfeit identity documents.

Oscar David Vasquez, 26, and Daniel Aquino-Perez, 22, are accused in a multi-count indictment of possessing, producing and selling counterfeit immigration and identity documents, including Social Security cards and alien registration receipt cards, commonly known as "green cards."

The indictment alleges that between October 2009 and last month, Vasquez and Aquino-Perez, both illegal aliens, would meet prospective purchasers in public locations in Fresno and Madera counties. The men would photographer and obtain biographical details from the buyers, return to their residence to produce the documents, then deliver them to the buyers.

ICE agents executed a federal search warrant at Vasquez and Aquino-Perez's residence in February, where they seized an assortment of fraudulent document-making equipment and supplies.

"Anyone who knowingly and indiscriminately sells phony identity cards is putting the security of our communities and even our country at risk," said Paul Leonardi, resident agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Fresno. Counterfeit documents can potentially be used by dangerous criminals and others who are attempting to obscure their identities and cover their tracks."

Vasquez and Aquino-Perez are scheduled to be arraigned March 5. If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.