2 men in Phoenix are accused of producing fake identification documents for undocumented people

PHOENIX (AZFamily) – Two Phoenix men have been indicted for allegedly producing fake green cards, social security cards and identification cards for undocumented residents.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced that a grand jury in federal court in Phoenix had indicted Jonathan De La Riva-Lorenzo, 46, and Fernando Minkes-Rodriguez, 48. Both men are also undocumented, officials said.

According to authorities, the men produced fake identification documents that appeared to be issued by the government. They allegedly worked together to produce the fake documents and required “customers” to provide their personal information and portrait photographs used on the forms.

On May 14, special agents with Homeland Security Investigations raided several locations in Arizona where the two men frequented. Officials said agents seized a “volume” of counterfeit documents and materials used to create them, including industrial printers, laminates and ink cartridges. Authorities also allegedly found several counterfeit identification documents in Minkes-Rodriguez's trash.

De La Riva-Lorenzo and Minkes-Rodriguez were charged with conspiracy to commit identity fraud in connection with the manufacture of identification documents and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

If convicted, the men face a total of up to 17 years in prison on all charges.

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