FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment today against Fresno residents Isaias Herrera-Ortiz, 29, and Lucas Lara Portillo, 38, charging them with conspiracy, production of false identification documents, transfer of false identification documents, and fraud and misuse of visas and related documents, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, in February and March 2018 and in July and September 2019, the defendants engaged in transactions in which they manufactured and sold false identification documents to buyers. These documents included social security cards and green cards.
This case is the product of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura D. Withers is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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