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Document and Benefit Fraud

Kentucky woman indicted in fake identification scheme

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - A local woman was charged in a superseding indictment Wednesday for making false statements and distributing fraudulent identification documents. The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

A federal grand jury returned a three-count superseding indictment July 28 against Nora Lacayo, of Russellville, Ky., for making multiple false statements to ICE HSI agents and distributing fraudulent international driver's licenses and Kentucky identification cards.

According to the indictment, in 2007 and 2009 Lacayo allegedly illegally transferred two sets of false identification documents. The indictment alleges that she transferred a false Kentucky state identification card and a false international driver's license.

The indictment further alleges that Lacayo knowingly and willfully made false and fictitious statements to ICE HSI agents. Specifically, the indictment alleges that Lacayo told an ICE HSI agent that she started selling international driver's licenses and identification cards in 2008 and did it for less than a year. She also stated that the last time she arranged for someone to get the documents was over a year ago, and that everyone had to show a valid driver's license to purchase documents. She stated that no one was scheduled to purchase documents in the recent past weeks, and that she never gave an international driver's license without a valid driver's license. She stated if someone did not have a valid driver's license, she would not get them the international driver's license. The indictment alleges that she made all these statements, when in fact, they were not true.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Judd, Western District of Kentucky, is prosecuting the case. In the event of a conviction, the maximum potential penalties are 20 years' imprisonment, a cumulative $750,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of three years.