December 20, 2010
Federal agents have shut down a source for
immigrantsillegal aliens seeking fake “green cards” and Social Security cards in San Antonio.
A five-month investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement netted the arrests Friday of two local men after they sold some of the faux documents to undercover agents, court records show.
Felipe DeJesus Coronel Pacheco, 55, and Luis Angel Tovar Cisneros, 38, are charged with making false alien registration receipt cards (commonly known as green cards), and conspiracy.
Authorities say Coronel manufactured the cards and that Tovar took orders and delivered the finished product. A package — a fake Social Security card and green card cost $160, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed against the men.
Immigrants usually met with Tovar, who would instruct them to bring photos and biographical information with them to a pre-arranged location. The undercover agents met with Tovar on July 9, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7 to buy documents. They also watched Tovar, who would meet with Coronel to place orders and get the documents.
Agents raided Tovar’s apartment in the 100 block of Andrews and Coronel’s home in the 500 block of Sumner and recovered other fake green cards, a fake Social Security card, laminating pouches, computers, printers and a laminating machine, the affidavit said
Coronel admitted to agents to making the documents and Tovar admitted to selling 25 packages recently, the complaint said.
Coronel is scheduled for a bail hearing Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Nowak. Tovar is scheduled for his hearing next Tuesday