Man pleads guilty in Missouri to conspiracy to sell fake ID papers to people in US illegally


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KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A Mexican national living in Missouri has pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to sell thousands of fake identifications to people who are in the U.S. illegally.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 39-year-old Eriberto Moises Medina-Aranda, of Rayville, pleaded guilty Thursday.

Prosecutors say Medina-Aranda helped produce false Social Security cards, Lawful Permanent Resident cards and false driver's licenses from various states in the U.S. as well as Mexican states from September 2013 to February 2014. Several street dealers then sold the fake identification documents.

Medina-Aranda also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm despite being in the U.S. illegally.

He faces up to 25 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000.

Three other men living in the Kansas City area have already pleaded guilty in the conspiracy.

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