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Posted at 7:36 AM ET, 12/17/2010

30 charged in 9-state fake ID scheme

By The Associated Press

Thirty people are charged in Virginia with running a fake identification ring that spanned nine states.

Several of the defendants were arraigned Thursday before U.S. District Judge James Spencer in Richmond.

An indictment unsealed this week alleges that Israel Cruz Millan supervised "document production cells" in Virginia, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Massachusetts, Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio.

Cruz Millan and his associates are accused of manufacturing and distributing fake green cards, Social Security cards, out-of-state ID cards and various international documents. Sixteen of the defendants are charged with money laundering as well as the false ID conspiracy.

Cruz Millan's attorneys did not immediately return phone messages.

By The Associated Press  | December 17, 2010; 7:36 AM ET
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I am not shocked by this type of behavior coming from illegal aliens. What else is new?

Posted by: CaptainKangaroo | December 17, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse


Where does it ever say they are illegal aliens?

Posted by: mm88 | December 17, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The people running this enterprise might be citizens. HOWEVER, would this enterprise have flourished if there were no illegals who needed fake green cards or fake social security card?

That's my issue with illegal immigration. Those who come here illegally have to resort to illegal means to work, obtain drivers licenses, etc. When people come here legally, they don't need fraudulent documents.

Posted by: CAmira5 | December 17, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

So the headline is 30 charged in 9 state fake ID scam but our thorough reporter has one name. Yes, he is accused of being the ring leader but I'd like to know who the rest of these people are please. As a person who has had to show proof that I am who I am with my frekkin BIRTH CERTIFICATE because my MD I.D. is worthless, names of defendants and the states involved would be worth another two paragraphs. Doesn't Wapo usually assign two reporters to anything over two paragraphs? To the PC moron in fantasyland: Who do you think is buying the fake ID's? Any college kid can get a better one on campus anyway. If they made their central HQ Maryland for doing this, they would have gotten a grant from O'Malley.

Posted by: stopthemadness | December 17, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

So the headline is 30 charged in 9 state fake ID scam but our thorough reporter has one name. Yes, he is accused of being the ring leader but I'd like to know who the rest of these people are please. As a person who has had to show proof that I am who I am with my frekkin BIRTH CERTIFICATE because my MD I.D. is worthless, names of defendants AND the states involved would be worth another two paragraphs. Doesn't Wapo usually assign two reporters to anything over two paragraphs? To the PC moron in fantasyland: Who do you think is buying the fake ID's? Any college kid can get a better one on campus anyway. If they made their central HQ Maryland for doing this, they would have gotten a grant from O'Malley.

Posted by: stopthemadness | December 17, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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