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Document and Benefit Fraud
07/28/2009

Illegal alien guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with fake U.S. identification documents

BOSTON - An illegal alien who is a citizen of Mexico was convicted Monday of conspiracy in connection with producing and transferring fake U.S. identification documents after an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Luis Antonio Valdez, a/k/a "Daniel," 22, of Waltham Mass., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with producing and transferring false identification documents. His sentencing is scheduled for November 6.

At the plea hearing, the prosecutor told the court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven that in or about June 2007 and continuing through Oct. 6, 2008, Valdez, along with his co-defendants Yanira Araujo, Eder Marquez-Villalobos, a/k/a "Brian," and Victor Antonio Valdez, a/k/a "Carlos," unlawfully conspired and agreed with each other and with others to produce and transfer false identification documents that are an appear to be issued by and under the authority of the United States, namely Alien Registration Cards commonly known as "green cards" and Social Security Account Number Cards.

Eder Marquez-Villalobos, a/k/a "Brian," and Victor Antonio Valdez, a/k/a "Carlos," pleaded guilty on May 18, and are scheduled to be sentenced on August 25. Yanira Araujo pleaded guilty on June 15 and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 29.
Upon completion of any prison sentence imposed, Luis Antonio Valdez, a/k/a "Daniel," Eder Marquez-Villalobos, a/k/a "Brian," and Victor Antonio Valdez, a/k/a "Carlos," also face deportation to their native Mexico.

The case was investigated by ICE's Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force, which includes federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies, the Massachusetts State Police, Essex County Sheriff's Department, and the Middlesex County Sheriff's Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Antoinette E.M. Leoney.