A man previously imprisoned and then deported from the United States is headed back to prison for his role in a false document manufacturing conspiracy.
Javier Hernandez-Lopez, 35, of Sacramento and Mexico City, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to seven years in prison for manufacturing false identification documents and being a deported alien found in the United States, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.
According to court documents, Hernandez-Lopez had been deported from the United States after serving a prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter. He returned illegally to the United States and participated in a large-scale conspiracy in the Sacramento area to manufacture fraudulent documents.
Officials said Hernandez-Lopez and his co-conspirators collected biographical information and photographs from individuals and business owners who wanted false identification documents such as alien registration receipt cards, commonly known as green cards, driver's licenses and Social Security cards. The information was either hand delivered or transmitted by cell phone to the person who manufactured the false documents. The documents were then delivered to the purchaser in exchange for cash.
Homeland Security Investigations agents working undercover purchased documents from Hernandez-Lopez and his co-conspirators. During the execution of search warrants, agents found computers, specialized software, high-end printers, card readers, holograms and other sophisticated equipment used to manufacture fraudulent identification documents, authorities said.
Judge Burrell previously sentenced three other defendants in the conspiracy. Juan Hernandez-Lopez, 39, was sentenced to 33 months in prison; Luis Eduardo Torres-Hernandez, 25, to 19 months; and Alejandro Bielma-Ortiz, 40, to 24 months.