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Two illegal aliens and Iowa woman plead guilty to selling ID doc’s, aggravated identity theft


This news story was published on June 28, 2017.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – Two illegal aliens and an American woman living in Iowa who sold real identification documents belonging to United States citizens pled guilty this week in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Ari Hernandez-Chacon, age 47, a native and citizen of Mexico illegally residing in Columbus Junction, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession with intent to transfer identification documents and one count of aggravated identity theft. In a plea agreement, Hernandez-Chacon admitted that on February 25, 2016, he sold three real Social Security cards and three real birth certificates to an undercover agent, knowing that the documents belonged to United States citizens. Hernandez-Chacon admitted that the identity documents he sold belonged to real people who had no arrest records to avoid problems for the person using the stolen identities.

Magali Marroquin-Garcia, age 37, a native and citizen of Mexico illegally residing in Columbus Junction, Iowa, was convicted of one count of possession with intent to transfer identification documents and one count of aggravated identity theft. In a plea agreement, Marroquin-Garcia admitted that on May 12, 2016, she sold three real Social Security cards and three real birth certificates to an undercover agent, knowing that the documents belonged to United States citizens.

Elba Torres, age 56, a United States citizen from Bettendorf, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to transfer identification documents and one count of aggravated identity theft. In a plea agreement, Torres admitted that between June 2015 and March 2017, she conspired with Hernandez-Chacon and Marroquin-Garcia to unlawfully sell Social Security cards she knew belonged to United States citizens. Torres sold an undercover agent identification documents, including Social Security cards and birth certificates, on September 1, 2016, September 16, 2016, and November 29, 2016.

Sentencings before United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after presentence reports are prepared. Hernandez-Chacon and Marroquin-Garcia remain in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Torres remains free on bond previously set. Hernandez-Chacon, Marroquin-Garcia, and Torres each face a possible maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment on the possession of identification documents count and a mandatory sentence of 2 years’ imprisonment to be served consecutively on the aggravated identity theft count. They each also face a $500,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

HERNANDEZCHACON, ARI

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4 Responses to Two illegal aliens and Iowa woman plead guilty to selling ID doc’s, aggravated identity theft

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 29, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    This was tried in Federal Court.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    “3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.”

    What is wrong work this country!? They should be deported the very same day they’re released, why the hell would we put up with these illegals for another three years!?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 28, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Is this 1 of the 29 sanctuary counties in the state of zIowa ?