LOWVILLE — A Mexican national pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to five counts alleging he provided fake immigration documents to other illegal aliens in the town of Martinsburg.
Moises Velazquez-Jacobo, 36, who resided at 6404 Williams Road, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to two counts of knowingly transferring false documents and single counts of possession of a false Social Security card and false alien registration card, or green card, with the intent to defraud the United States, trafficking in false identification cards and forcibly assaulting, resisting and impeding a special agent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
He is due to be sentenced Oct. 26. He faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the charges pertaining to distribution of the phony documents, while he faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 on the assault charge. He also faces deportation to Mexico after completing his prison sentence.
Mr. Velazquez-Jacobo was accused of selling fake Social Security and green cards on two dates in January, possessing fake documents on March 7 and trafficking in the fake documents between April 2011 and March 7. It further is alleged that he bit an agent’s finger as the agent tried to arrest him, piercing the agent’s fingernail.
His residence is part of the Marks Farm, where he was a migrant worker. Federal prosecutors have said the farm’s operators had no knowledge of Mr. Velazquez-Jacobo’s criminal activities.
Mr. Velazquez-Jacobo has twice been found to have entered the country illegally and both times was offered voluntary removal in lieu of deportation, once in 2007 and again in 2008, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement records included in the criminal complaint.