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50 charged with Selling Identities of Puerto Ricans to Illegal Immigrants

Fifty suspects have been indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge of conspiracy to commit identification fraud. Each suspect will face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. According to the New York Times, hundreds of birth certificates, driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers were sold on a black market-based in Puerto Rico that has been operating since at least 2009.

The fraudulent documents were allegedly being sold to illegal immigrants on the American mainland for prices ranging from $700 to $2500. The Assistant Attorney General said "The alleged conspiracy stretched across the United States and Puerto Rico, using suppliers, identity brokers and mail and money runners to fill and deliver orders for the information and government-issued identity documents of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens". The indictment marks the largest single fraud case to date for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

If you or someone you know has been charged with such a crime, you should immediately seek advice from a lawyer that is experienced in handling federal identity theft cases. For a free consultation with such an attorney, complete the form to the left or call 646.741.3856. With offices in New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sullivan & Brill, LLP represents clients throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico.