SPRINGFIELD, MA (MassLive) – A 47-year old Dominican national who sneaked into this country with phony documentation was sentenced to two years in prison for acting as a “low level” documentation broker for other immigrants entering the country illegally.
Sandro Tavera Mora was sentenced Tuesday under a plea agreement in U.S. District Court Tuesday after pleading guilty to criminal charges in May.
Judge Mark Mastroianni noted that the sentence is largely symbolic since Tavara Mora is already in the midst of an eight-year state prison sentence for heroin trafficking and the federal sentence was imposed concurrently.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Regan said Tavara Mora faces certain deportation once he concludes his sentence.
The prosecutor said the defendant was part of a larger identity theft investigation called “Operation Island Express” that originated in Puerto Rico but spread to the mainland United States.