Thursday, November 14, 2013

Indictment: KCK woman sold counterfeit identity documents

TOPEKA, KAN. - A Kansas City, Kan., woman has been indicted on charges of producing and selling counterfeit identity documents, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Lluvia Fernanda Salinas-Rodriguez, 29, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of trafficking in a means of identification and one count of fraudulent use of an identification document.

The crimes are alleged to have occurred prior to Oct. 28, 2013, in Wyandotte County, Kan.

Salinas-Rodriguez initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed Nov. 4 in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

An investigator’s affidavit filed in support of the complaint alleges she produced counterfeit identity documents including Resident Alien cards, Social Security cards and Mexican and U.S. driver’s licenses over a period of approximately three years.

The affidavit alleges she used a computer and printer to scan photos and manipulate them onto a template to produce counterfeit identity documents.

She charged $80 to $100 for a set of documents, which included a counterfeit Social Security card and a counterfeit Resident Alien card. According to the affidavit, she sold two sets of identity documents a week for roughly three years.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the trafficking charge, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other charge.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.