SYRACUSE, NY (AP) – Authorities say a 36-year-old central New York man faces deportation to Mexico after pleading guilty to selling false identification documents and assaulting a federal agent during his arrest.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse says Moises Velazquez-Jacobo of Lowville in Lewis County, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to charges that included trafficking in false ID documents such as alien registration cards, also known as green cards.
Authorities say during his arrest in early March, Velazquez-Jacobo bit the finger of an agent with the federal Homeland Security Investigations.
He faces a prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000 when he’s sentence in October, with possible deportation to Mexico after he’s released.
The Post-Standard reported:
The indictment also accuses him of possessing a fake social security card and green card with the intent to defraud the United States on March 7.
The indictment also charged Velazquez-Jacobo with trafficking in fake identification documents from about April 2011 to March 7.
Officials have said that at least 40 people paid $250 each to get fake Social Security documents and green cards that they then could show to prospective employers.
An affidavit said immigration authorities had twice previously found him to be living illegally in the United States and had him voluntarily leave the country in 2007 and again in 2008.