Posted 10 months ago
By John P Tretbar
US Attorney Tammy Dickinson says Domingo Ajanel-Castro of Guatemala and Hector Juarez Mendoza Sr of Mexico were sentenced in separate appearances before US District Judge Brian Wimes.
Ajanel-Castro received a four-year prison term without parole. Mendoza was sentenced to three years and six months without parole.
The judge ordered both to forfeit to the government $125,000 in proceeds from the conspiracy, in which more than 100 illegal immigrants received fraudulent licenses.
Ajanel-Castro and Mendoza both pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to unlawfully produce identification documents, unlawfully transfer the means of identification of another person and commit Social Security fraud and to aggravated identity theft. Ajanel-Castro also pleaded guilty to possessing false or fraudulently obtained identification documents.
Illegal immigrants traveled across the United States to obtain licenses at the St. Joseph license office by using unlawfully obtained birth certificates and Social Security cards. It is estimated that well over 100 Missouri licenses have been unlawfully issued as part of this conspiracy.