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Saturday January 8, 2011

Texas Pastor Charged with Selling Fake Identification to Immigrants

Texas Pastor Charged with Selling Fake Identification to Immigrants

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A San Antonio minister and an associate are accused of selling fake identification documents including green cards and social security cards to illegal immigrants.

A federal grand jury has indicted Felipe DeJesus Coronel Pacheco (55) and Luis Angel Tovar Cisneros (28) on charges of conspiracy to defraud the government and manufacturing counterfeit permanent-resident cards.
Both were arrested Dec. 16 in an undercover investigation and remain in custody. A bond hearing Thursday in San Antonio for Coronel was canceled after Felipe DeJesus Coronel Pacheco was indicted.

He’s also charged with making a false statement to immigration officers.

Over a five-month period, agents placed orders through Tovar for a fake green card and faux Social Security cards for $160 — and secretly watched him as he obtained them from Coronel, according to the affidavit.

Coronel, pastor of Ministerios Epicentro Donde Nace La Bendición in Austin, had moved from Austin to San Antonio in mid-2010, records show.

A woman who answered a phone number listed for Coronel’s church declined comment.

Tovar, who’s accused of being in the U.S. illegally, is held without bond.