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Document and Benefit Fraud
02/15/2013

Clearwater man sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for selling counterfeit documents

TAMPA, Fla. – A Clearwater man was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for committing immigration document fraud. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to court documents, Mario Cabrera, 34, sold counterfeit documents, including driver's licenses, Social Security cards and permanent resident alien cards to a confidential informant on multiple occasions.

"When HSI special agents executed a search warrant at Mr. Cabrera's residence, they uncovered more than 100 fraudulent documents," said Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of HSI Tampa. "Mr. Cabrera was providing these documents to people trying to evade the legal immigration process. These individuals could be threats to public safety, or even worse, national security."

The court also ordered Cabrera to forfeit electronics and computer equipment used to commit the offense.

Cabrera pleaded guilty Nov. 26.