Vineland Boys gang member sentenced to 31 years of racketeering and attempted murder
Two men from the San Fernando Valley who participated in a massive program to produce and sell counterfeit identity documents – including US passport cards, social security cards and driver’s licenses – have each been convicted to federal prison on Monday.
Carlos Ayala Hernandez, alias “Juan Juarez”, 45, of Granada Hills, was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison by US District Judge John F. Walter.
The other plaintiff in the case, Miguel Juarez Guerrero, 24, of Van Nuys, was also sentenced to 20 months in prison on Monday, according to the US prosecutor’s office.
Hernandez pleaded guilty on April 27 to one count of conspiracy to produce, transfer and possess false identification documents, and one count of illegal alien in possession of weapons at fire.
Guerrero pleaded guilty on May 3 to one count of conspiracy to produce, transfer and possess false identity documents, and one count of production of false identity documents.
From January 2016 to January 2021, Hernandez, Guerrero and Nestor Perez, aka “Daniel Perez”, 32, of Van Nuys, were operating an illegal business in which they manufactured and sold false identity documents.
These forged documents included US passport cards, legal permanent resident cards, more commonly known as “green cards,” work authorization document cards, social security cards, and driver’s licenses believed to be from multiple states. .
Under the direction of – and in exchange for payment from – Hernandez and Guerrero, Perez fabricated the forged ID documents in an apartment in Van Nuys. Perez fabricated the forged documents using personally identifying information – including names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers – of real people. After fabricating the false documents, Perez provided them to Hernandez and Guerrero, who then sold the documents to others.
In January 2021, law enforcement executed search warrants at Hernandez’s residence and the Van Nuys apartment. In Hernandez’s residence – where Guerrero also lived – law enforcement found firearms, assorted ammunition and $ 40,483 generated from the false identification document.
In the Van Nuys apartment, officers also found a robust counterfeit document lab, including around 243 completed false identification documents, around 1,000 fraudulent authentication seals, 14 printers, a scanner and an ultraviolet light used for testing. the security features of counterfeit identity documents.
Hernandez, a Mexican national, admitted in his plea agreement that he knew he was an illegal alien in the United States, including during times he owned the guns.
Perez pleaded guilty on April 12 to one count of conspiracy to produce, transfer and possess false identity documents, and one count of production of false identity documents. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 19.