A 37-year-old Buffalo man pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to criminal possession with intent to use or transfer unlawfully identification documents allegedly destined for use by illegal immigrants.
Jorge Garcia faces a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced at 1 p.m. Sept. 19.
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Garcia illegally sold nine sets of identification documents for $6,300 in cash in recent years to illegal immigrants locally. The documents consisted of Puerto Rican birth certificates, New York State birth certificates, Michigan birth certificates and U.S. Social Security cards. Garcia was charged after an investigation by Federal Homeland Security agents.