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Document and Benefit Fraud

Annapolis man sentenced for creating more than 100 false green cards and other identity documents sold to illegal aliens

BALTIMORE - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Rolando Gonzalez, 30, a citizen of El Salvador residing in Annapolis, Md., today to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for fraud and misuse of immigration documents.

The sentence was announced by U. S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Special Agent in Charge Michael McGill of the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, Philadelphia Field Division; and Greg Scovel, director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

"The production and distribution of false identification documents is a serious problem that poses a threat to our homeland security," said William Winter, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Baltimore. "This case demonstrates our commitment to identify, arrest and bring to justice those who seek to exploit our immigration system."

According to Gonzalez's guilty plea, from July 2008 - January 2009, Gonzalez received orders from Carlos German, Alexander Guevara-Granados and others to create over 100 false identity documents, including legal permanent resident (LPR) cards, employment authorization cards and social security number cards, many containing the A-number or social security number of real people, living and dead. The LPR and employment authorization cards are both types of documents used for entry into the United States and as evidence that the holder is authorized to stay or work in the United States. Gonzalez used computer equipment, printers, laminators and other equipment to create the fake documents, which were distributed to illegal aliens for use in evading detection, and obtaining employment and housing.

Alexander Guevara-Granados, 34, and Benito Hernandez-Guzman, 22, both of whom resided with Gonzalez in Annapolis, pleaded guilty to their participation in the scheme. Carlos German, 42, of Annapolis, also pleaded guilty to selling false identification documents. All four defendants charged in the conspiracy have been convicted and sentenced.

U. S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended Assistant U. S. Attorney Tamera L. Fine, who prosecuted the case.