Man, woman from Mexico charged for possessing fake US documents

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A man and woman from Mexico are each facing charges for unlawfully possessing identification documents after a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper found hundreds of fake U.S. identification documents in their rental car.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said 37-year-old Sergio Adame and 35-year-old Lilia Ivonne Arratia charged Wednesday. The two were allegedly carrying hundreds of false documents when a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper stopped them for speeding on Highway 54 in Liberal. 

In the car, the trooper found:

  • An envelope with 30 counterfeit Social Security cards in numerous names and 30 counterfeit birth certificates in numerous names and states including Colorado, Texas, Nevada and California.
  • An envelope with 31 counterfeit birth certificates and 32 Social Security cards.
  • An envelope with 30 counterfeit birth certificates and 30 Social Security cards.
  • An envelope with 29 counterfeit social security cards and 29 counterfeit birth certificates.
  • An envelope with 15 genuine Social Security Cards and 12 possibly counterfeit state birth certificates.
  • An envelope with 100 blank counterfeit Social Security cards.

If convicted, they face up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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