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Document and Benefit Fraud
08/21/2014

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Guatemalan man pleads guilty to conspiracy to fraudulently obtain counterfeit green cards, Social Security cards

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A 39-year-old Guatemalan national residing in Manassas pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit immigration document fraud. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the City of Manassas Police Department, with assistance from the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force.

Mauricio Florian-Polanco faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 12.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Florian-Polanco admitted to conspiring with others to falsely make Social Security cards and alien registration receipt cards, more commonly known as green cards, for individuals whom he believed were illegal aliens on at least 50 occasions. In furtherance of the conspiracy, Florian-Polanco would meet with individuals who were looking to obtain counterfeit documents, including government agents acting in an undercover capacity, and take their biographic information. Florian-Polanco would then meet with a co-conspirator who would, in turn, create the counterfeit documents.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/23/2014