A Mexican national living in Sacramento is headed to prison for operating a fake-document mill.
Silverio Raymundo Izehuatl-Sarmiento, 37, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to 15 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for producing false identification documents and possessing document-making equipment, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Burrell also ordered Izehuatl-Sarmiento to forfeit more than 30 pieces of equipment that were used to produce the false documents.
According to court documents, Izehuatl-Sarmiento was making and selling false documents that were often sold as sets consisting of one forged Social Security card and one forged alien registration card. Between January and May of this year, federal agents conducted undercover purchases of these sets of documents from Izehuatl-Sarmiento.
When agents executed a search warrant at Izehuatl-Sarmiento's residence, they discovered a home office containing document-making equipment. Izehuatl-Sarmiento admitted that he used the equipment to make the false identification materials, authorities said. During the investigation, agents found more than 60 sets of false identification documents.
Izehuatl-Sarmiento told law enforcement agents that it was his job to make documents for other people, that he had been doing so for the past five years and that he had been producing approximately two documents per day, seven days a week, authorities said.
The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.