SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Mexican man living in the U.S. state of Illinois has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison for trafficking stolen Puerto Rican identities to illegal immigrants.
The U.S. Department of Justice says Jose Sergio Garcia Ramirez acknowledged that he was an identity broker who operated from Rockford, Illinois.
Garcia was sentenced Monday to 54 months in prison by a U.S. district court judge in Puerto Rico. He was also ordered to forfeit roughly $36,000 and will be removed from the U.S. after his prison term is over.
Puerto Rican documents can fetch a few thousand dollars on the black market, peddled to illegal immigrants who assume false identities to be able to work and get drivers' licenses in the U.S.