FRESNO, Calif. — Isaias Herrera-Ortiz, 29, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and production of false identification documents, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, between February 2018 and November 2019, Herrera-Ortiz and his co-conspirators produced, possessed, transferred, and sold false identification documents. These documents included fraudulent lawful permanent resident or LPR cards and fraudulent social security number or SSN cards. In particular, Herrera-Ortiz admitted that on Feb. 28, 2018, he sold three LPR cards and three SSN cards to a customer for $390.00. A search of Herrera‑Ortiz’s electronic devices and those belonging to his co-conspirators prove that he participated in the manufacture of at least 36 and no more than 99 fraudulent documents or sets of documents.
This case is the product of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura D. Withers is prosecuting the case.
Herrera-Ortiz is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd on Dec. 14. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.