FRESNO — On June 26, 2017, Angelica Moreno Velasquez, 32, of Fresno, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiracy to produce, transfer, possess, and sell false identification documents. Moreno Velasquez was the fourth co-defendant in this case to be sentenced. Two others have charges pending against them and a trial is set for December.
According to court documents, between June 2015 and June 2016, Moreno Velasquez conspired with others to sell fraudulent identification documents, including social security cards and alien registration receipt cards, to customers who placed orders and paid as much as $150 for a set of the fraudulent documents.
The six were arrested for the scheme on June 16, 2016. In December 2016, Francisco Javier Hidalgo-Flores was sentenced to 15 months in prison; Veronica Rosales-Capitaine was sentenced to 14 months in prison; and Lizet Amairani Ramirez-Zazueta was sentenced to time served.
“Producing and selling fraudulent government identification documents puts all of our personal and financial security at risk, not to mention national security,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “California Department of Motor Vehicle investigators are guardians of our driver licenses and California identification cards. They know the danger involved when identities are stolen or when people obtain fake documents.”
This case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Investigations Division