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Anyone who may have information about particular crimes in this case should also report it to the ICE tip line or website. Justice News Department of Justice.
Court documents allege that individuals located in the Savarona area of Caguas, Puerto Rico, obtained Puerto Rican identities and corresponding identity documents. Their customers generally obtained the identity documents to assume the identity of Puerto Rican U. Some customers allegedly obtained the documents to commit financial fraud and attempted to obtain a U.
According to court documents, various identity brokers were operating in Rockford, DeKalb and Aurora, Ill. Mendez admitted that he operated as a Savarona supplier.
A Dominican national and a Mexican national each pleaded guilty today in connection with their roles in trafficking the identities of Puerto Rican U. Attorney Rosa E. Cottrell of the U. Starr of the U. District Judge Juan M. They face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for conspiracy to commit identification fraud, 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit alien smuggling for financial gain, and two years in prison for each aggravated identity theft count when they are sentenced on April 28, Both defendants were charged in a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Puerto Rico on March 22, To date, 53 individuals have been charged for their roles in the identity trafficking scheme, 49 defendants have been arrested, and 49 have pleaded guilty.
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Press Release :. Mendez-Solis admitted that he operated as an identity broker in the Seymour, Ind. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys James S. Yoon, Hope S. Olds, Courtney B. The U. Potential victims and the public may obtain information about the case at: www. Official websites use.
The superseding indictment alleges that these identity brokers in the United States ordered the identity documents from the document suppliers in Savarona on behalf of their customers by making coded telephone calls. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. The conspirators are charged with using text messages, money transfer services, and express, priority, or regular U. Court documents allege that some of the conspirators assumed a Puerto Rican identity themselves and used that identity in connection with the trafficking operation.
Anyone who believes their identity may have been compromised in relation to this investigation may contact the ICE toll-free hotline at DHS-2ICE and its online tip form at www.
Anyone who believes that they have been a victim of identity theft, or wants information about preventing identity theft, may obtain helpful information and complaint forms on various government websites including the Federal Trade Commission ID Theft Website, www.