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Texas Men Sentenced In Counterfeit Identification Documents Conspiracy

TYLER, Texas: The Eastern District of Texas sentenced two Texas men to federal prison, according to Acting United States Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.

Mario Eleuterio Garcia-Sevilla, 44, of Grand Saline, Texas, and Juan Valazquez Delgadillo, 50, of Garland, Texas, pleaded guilty in September 2020 to conspiracy produce and transfer false identification documents. United States District Judge Jeremy D. Kernodle sentenced Garcia to 37 months in federal prison and sentenced Delgadillo to a prison term of 30 months.

“Identification document fraud is a direct threat to the security of the United States and its citizens,” said Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Ganjei. “Disruption of criminal enterprises that aim to compromise document security is and should be, a primary focus of federal law enforcement.”

According to information presented in court, beginning in January 2019, Garcia and Delgadillo conspired to produce and transfer fictitious United States identification documents to others in the Eastern District of Texas. The false documents included the United States Social Security cards and Permanent Residence cards. Garcia obtained the documents from Delgadillo and then transferred them to individuals throughout the East Texas area. A federal grand jury indicted Garcia and Delgadillo on Feb. 27, 2020.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Smith County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the case. The Assistant United States Attorney Alan R. Jackson was the prosecutor.