A South Carolina judge has sentenced two men for selling fake identification cards to illegal immigrants. The two men, 37-year-old Fermin Gonzalez-Mendoza and 37-year-old Daniel Morales-Ramirez, were sentenced Wednesday for having a fake ID-making operation, including fake green cards and other identification documents. The operation was found at a vacant home in Goose Creek, where agents seized cameras, printers, and blank Mexican birth certificates and other documents in 2009.
Gonzalez-Mendoza, a legal U.S. resident, was the owner of a Charleston Hispanic convenience store, but Morales-Ramirez was in the country illegally. Gonzalez-Mendoza was sentenced to one year and nine months in federal prison, while Morales-Ramirez was sentenced to two years. Federal agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Naval Criminal Intelligence Service and the Secret Service investigated the scam.