Investigators uncover fraudulent ID ring based in Woodburn
Friday, March 8, 2019
Posted by: Beth Farmer
A Woodburn man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court to accusations that he helped a criminal group produce more than 10,000 fraudulent government identification cards and other documents, The Oregonian and other outlets reported.
Miguel Merecias-Lopez, 24, and his thus-far unidentified co-consiprators worked out of a secret photo lab, using digital cameras, computers, scanners, laminators and a high-resolution printer to produce bogus driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, immigration records, birth certificates, marriage licenses and vehicle titles. They sold the items over the Internet to buyers across the United States.
Merecias-Lopez admitted to creating at least 300 of the documents. Federal investigators seized computers, printers and materials used to make the bogus items. They are still investigating and expect to make more arrests.
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