Brooklyn man sentenced for selling $140,000 in fake IDs

Fraudulent driver's licenses, Social Security and green cards were made and sold

March 21, 2012|By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun

A Mexican man living illegally in Brooklyn was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Wednesday for making and selling fake identification documents worth more than $140,000, federal prosecutors said.

In 2009 and 2010, Victor Lopez-Escamilla, 39, stole the identities of more than 250 people to use on fraudulent green cards, driver's licenses and Social security cards, according to a statement from Maryland's U.S. Attorney's Office.

At first, Lopez-Escamilla sold counterfeit documents made by a group headquartered in the 200 block of South Broadway in Baltimore, the statement said. Later, he began making the documents himself, in his bedroom, prosecutors said.

Lopez-Escamilla sold the documents for more than $100 each to people in the Baltimore area.

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