Five Madera Residents Arrested for Running Fake License /ID Mill

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2012

Five Madera Residents Arrested for Running Fake License/ID Mill

Sacramento —Five Madera residents were arrested late last night in connection with operating a fake driver license and identification card mill, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced today.

Four men -- Juan Vasquez Jimenez, 24, Fernando Garcia Martinez, 25, Arcenio Ruiz Bautista, 34, and Vigilio Martinez, 28 -- were taken into custody by DMV Investigators on multiple felony counts of allegedly possessing counterfeit driver licenses, and, U.S. Permanent Resident and Social Security cards. A fifth man, Misael Martinez-Cervantes, 27, was charged with allegedly forging counterfeit licenses and identification documents, falsifying state seals, and possession of the aforementioned documents. All are being held without bail in the Madera County Jail.

“Our message is this: if you are engaging in the fraudulent manufacturing of any government document, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “Ensuring the security of driver licenses and identification cards is a top priority, and we simply will not tolerate illegal activity.”

Equipment to produce fake documents Fake documents

DMV Investigators, working with the Madera County Sheriffs Department and City of Madera Police, along with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, served search warrants at multiple residences last night. During the search warrant, investigators seized copying equipment, large quantities of counterfeit government document manufacturing materials, as well as completed government documents and documents in the process of being manufactured.

The operation concluded a five-month investigation that began in September 2011, when the Madera Sheriff’s Department, working with an informant, obtained information that led investigators to a fake driver license and ID mill being run out of a Madera residence.

Specific charges are pending with the Madera County District Attorney’s Office.

Note to Editors and Assignment Desks: DMV Area Commander Tom Wilson is available for media interviews and comment at (559.647.7128).

DMV’s Investigations Division enhances consumer protection through active fraud/counterfeit detection, investigation, and enforcement services. The DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools.

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