Selling False IDs To Illegals

Luzerne County correspondent Dot Hayer reports that an arrest has been made in Hazleton regarding the sale of false identification to illegal residents.

Orlando Guzman Garcia was nabbed the morning of Jan. 11 at a home at 185 S. Wyoming St. He is charged with conspiracy to commit identity fraud.

He is accused of trafficking identity kits that included Social Security cards, birth certificates and other documents of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens to illegal immigrants.  He charged between $700 and $2,500 per kit.

Garcia allegedly got the documents from Caguas, Puerto Rico and paid for them with wire transfers.

Garcia faces 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Garcia was among of at least 50 arrested in the case.


Selling False IDs To Illegals

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  1. U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, the former mayor of Hazleton, said he has been trying to draw attention to problem of fraudulent document rings for six years.
    Barletta, said he had testified before a Senate judicial committee, detailing how illegal aliens.
    travel to Puerto Rico to buy identities of Puerto Rican citizens, then utilize those documents to enter the U.S. and obtain driver’s licenses and other documents that allow them access to state and federal benefits.
    “Most of the illegal aliens we arrested for committing serious and violent crimes in Hazleton didn’t cross the southern border – they came into an East Coast airport or seaport using fraudulent documents,” Barletta said.

    As for Garcia,15 years in the slammer along with a $250,000 fine sounds like a good start.

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