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Sunday January 9, 2011

ICE Breaks Up Nationwide Network Producing Fake Identification

ICE Breaks Up Nationwide Network Producing Fake Identification

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have broken up a nationwide network of Hispanics who produce false identification for illegal immigrants.

Some of the false documents were distributed in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area by Victor Hugo Roa-Alzua, who will be arraigned in federal court Tuesday on five felony charges that he conspired to produce and transfer false identification documents facing up to 75 years if guilty on all charges.

Roa-Alzua is part of a national network headed by Israel Cruz Millan _ also known as El Muerto, which is Spanish for “the dead one” - that has been under investigation for the past year, according to court documents. The network has sent 1,500 wire transfers totaling about $1 million from its activities to a home base in Mexico, ICE officials said.

According to an affidavit by an ICE investigator, Roa-Alzua met with document buyers in a parking lot across from the Wal-Mart Superstore in Myrtle Beach and at other locations where he would take the buyer’s photo with a cellular telephone and deliver the documents the next day.

He charged between $150 and $180 for a Resident Alien card and a Social Security card, according to the affidavit, which states the documents probably were made in Wilmington.