Friday, November 9, 2012

Two Brooklyn Men Indicted For Allegedly Forging Government IDs

Two Brooklyn men were indicted Thursday for allegedly forging green cards and other forms of government identification.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said authorities were tipped off to the scam and began the investigation last year.

Officials say Jose Mateo Castro and Leonel Escamillo ran the scam out of a bakery in Sunset Park.

They allege that Castro would take passport photos and $130 from buyers and then hand the pictures to Escamillo to make the fake documents.

A search of Escamillo's home found sophisticated equipment, along with a slew of phony ID cards.

"Forged federal ID can be used for identity theft, to obtain access to a work place and to other private places that are off limits to the general public," Hynes said.

Each man is charged with forgery and faces up to seven years in prison, as well as deportation back to Mexico.

By: NY1 News

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