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December 18, 2012
Shasta County brothers plead guilty in immigration documents scheme

Two Shasta County brothers pleaded guilty today in connection with a scheme to produce and sell false immigration documents.

Mario Madrigal-Felix, 36, of Anderson, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to producing false identification documents, and Sergio Alonso Madrigal-Felix, 32, of Redding pleaded guilty to selling false identification documents, according to a Department of Justice news release.

The brothers produced and sold counterfeit document sets for $150 each that included and alien registration card, or "green card," and a Social Security card with a false number, according to court documents.

An undercover agent purchased three sets on March 22 for three fictitious people, officials said. A total of eight more sets were purchased form the defendants on two other occasions.

After a search warrant was issued, agents seized document-making equipment, including a laptop, hard drive, printer and laminator, all of which the defendants will forfeit to the government as part of their plea agreements.

The two men are to be sentenced March 11 by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb. They have been in custody since their arrest and initial court appearance July 27.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

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