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Chicago Woman Arrested for Selling Fraudulent Identity Documents to Illegal Aliens
A woman was arrested Wednesday, February 13, 2013, on charges she allegedly sold fraudulent identity documents to illegal aliens. These charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigra

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MVA Employee Enters Guilty Plea; Sold Fraudulent Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens

Michael Anthony Peters, Jr. 29, of Riverdale, Md. pleaded guilty Friday, September 7, 2012, to a conspiracy to produce and sell Maryland driver’s licenses without lawful authority. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

“Michael Anthony Peters violated the public’s trust and risked endangering our community by producing and issuing Maryland driver’s licenses to individuals who could not or were not willing to legitimately pass the required MVA examination,” said HSI Baltimore Special Agent in Charge William Winter. “This type of fraud poses a serious security vulnerability and could put the security of our communities and even our country at risk.”

According to his plea agreement, Peters was an employee of the MVA assigned to the Largo Branch. Peters’ duties included the issuance of Maryland driver’s licenses. Peters admitted that from July through October 2007, he received payment in exchange for producing and issuing Maryland driver’s licenses to individuals whom he knew had not passed the required tests. Many of these individuals were illegal aliens.

According to his plea agreement, Peters typically received approximately $300 as a bribe for each non-commercial driver’s license and $400 as a bribe for each commercial driver’s license he issued. Peters falsified MVA records to state that the applicants had passed the required tests and issued driver’s licenses in their names. Over the course of the conspiracy, Peters produced at least 40 driver’s licenses without lawful authority.

Peters faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 at his sentencing Dec. 18 before U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus. As part of his plea agreement, Peters will be required to pay restitution in the amount of $12,000.

The investigation was conducted by HSI Baltimore and the MVA Investigation and Security Services Division.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.

Maryland Man Convicted for Falsifying Documents

A Maryland resident was convicted Wednesday, February 15, on charges of manufacturing, selling and transferring fraudulent identification documents, including permanent resident cards and Social Security cards following an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Victor Lopez Escamilla aka “Mango Chupado,” and “Ventura,” 39, a Mexican national, was
convicted on Feb. 15 by a federal jury. Escamilla faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for the transfer of false identification documents, a maximum of 10 years in prison for fraud and misuse of immigration documents and a maximum of five years in prison for Social Security fraud at his March 21 sentencing before U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr.

According to court documents and testimony at Escamilla’s three-day trial, from July 2009 through the spring or summer of 2010, Escamilla was selling fraudulent documents made by a group in the 200 block of South Broadway in Baltimore. Witnesses testified that Escamilla solicited individuals in the Baltimore area to purchase fake identification documents and Escamilla was observed and photographed receiving and distributing fake identification documents. The evidence reflected that in the spring or summer of 2010, Escamilla began manufacturing documents himself in a “document mill” in his bedroom.
The evidence showed that Escamilla received photographs and personal information from the individuals ordering the documents, which he then used to manufacture the fraudulent documents. Evidence showed that Escamilla generally charged between $100 and $150 for a permanent resident and Social Security card, and at least $100 for a fraudulent Maryland driver’s license.

A search of Escamilla’s residence in Brooklyn,¬† Md., on May 26, 2011, recovered¬† counterfeit documents, used ribbons showing documents that had been created, and equipment and supplies used to make counterfeit documents. More than 100 exhibits were presented at trial, including a Cheetos can with a fake bottom that contained numerous fraudulent identification documents, which was recovered from Escamilla’s bedroom.

The investigation was conducted by HSI Baltimore with the assistance of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General; the U.S. State Department
Diplomatic Security Service, Washington Field Office; the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, Investigation and Security Services Division; and the Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County Police Departments.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamera L. Fine.