Skip to comments.[Texas:]Pastor, associate charged with selling fake immigration documents
Posted on 01/07/2011 12:22:17 PM PST by SwinneySwitch
A San Antonio pastor and an associate have been indicted on charges that they sold numerous fake green cards and Social Security cards to illegal immigrants.
Felipe DeJesus Coronel Pacheco, 55, and Luis Angel Tovar Cisneros, 28, have been in custody since they were arrested last month by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Coronel, pastor of Ministerios Epicentro Donde Nace La Bendición in Austin, had moved from Austin to San Antonio in mid-2010, records show.
He was to seek bond at a hearing Thursday, but it was canceled after a federal grand jury indicted him and Tovar on charges that include conspiracy to defraud the government and manufacturing counterfeit permanent-resident cards, commonly known as green cards.
Coronel also is charged with making a false statement to immigration officers by failing to disclose a conviction for cocaine possession on an application for naturalization in November 2009.
A criminal complaint affidavit said ICE and San Antonio police officers began investigating the pair after getting a tip that Tovar was selling fake immigration documents.
Over a five-month period, agents placed orders through Tovar for a fake green card and faux Social Security cards for $160 and secretly watched him as he obtained them from Coronel, according to the affidavit.
On Dec. 16, officers converged at Tovar's apartment in the 100 block of Andrews and arrested the two as they made an exchange of documents.
Tovar and Coronel had several $20 bills that had been provided to Tovar by an undercover officer, the affidavit said. Agents also reported finding several fake documents.
Upon searching Coronel's home in the 500 block of Sumner, agents reported finding more documents, including fake green cards, laminating pouches, computers, printers and a laminator.
Tovar reportedly admitted he sold 25 counterfeit documents in 2010 alone.
Coronel, meanwhile, confessed that he made five to six sets of fake documents per week between 2006 and the end of 2007, and an additional 52 each in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the affidavit.
Coronel was transported to (the Sumner house), where he pointed out the exact computer, printer and laminator that he used to produce counterfeit documents, the affidavit said.
Unaware that Coronel's hearing had been canceled, members of his congregation and supporters from San Antonio and Austin gathered Thursday in a circle outside the locked courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamely Mathy and prayed in Spanish for him. They declined comment.
A woman who answered an Austin phone number listed for Coronel's church said she had no information and declined comment.
Meantime, Tovar, who authorities say was in the country illegally, is being held without bond.
This is what passes for “social justice” in leftwing churches of “Latin” America.
Thanks for posting this. I heard it on the radio this morning but, couldn’t find a link.
Texans accused of selling counterfeit IDs (impoverished illegals "here for a better life" pay several thousand $$$ for fake ID's)
NORTH BERGEN (AP) The Pelcastre brothers were a walking threat to national security -- expert document forgers who, for a few thousand dollars, could give anyone a new identity, authorities said. When police stumbled across the pair, the men had turned a hotel room into a business office and were readying a massive cache of fake Social Security cards for delivery to a local identity broker. The brothers, Angel, 31, and Jorge, 34, both of Dallas, were a "one-stop shop" for a myriad of government documents, including birth certificates, Social Security cards, driver's licenses for any state in the country , including passports and resident alien cards, said state police.
If a terrorist were able to get their hands on this stuff, they'd have free passage throughout the country.
A L/E task force happened upon two cars bearing Texas plates in the parking lot of the hotel . Authorities wouldn't identify the hotel by name for fear it would spark retribution from savage blood cartels. The L/E task force regularly runs checks on motor vehicles in area motels.
Members of the task force began watching the cars, a Chevrolet Impala and a Pontiac Firebird, and followed the brothers to an office supply store in a nearby shopping center, where the men purchased computer supplies. Officers then followed the brothers to a self-storage facility where they loaded several boxes from a storage unit into one of the cars.
One of the men stood lookout, which heightened police suspicion. Authorities approached the men when they returned and questioned them separately. The brothers consented to a search of their cars, hotel room and the storage facility.
Police recovered laminating sheets with built-in security features, pages of blank documents waiting for fake names and information, finished documents, computers and software to create the fake IDs. All told, the haul was worth about $500,000 on the street. Police also recovered $6,000 in cash, which was the first payment from a fake document broker for a shipment of 500 Social Security cards.
"They were aggressively selling to brokers. This isn't like selling driver's licenses to individuals. These were multiple layers of high-level documents."
The brothers were being held without bail on charges of possessing fraudulent documents and conspiracy to sell fraudulent documents. Federal charges are also pending against them.
“Yeah reverend, I’d like a fake passport, a fake SSN card, 2 grams of blow and to confess I did the neighbor’s cat.”
“That will be $635 and 4 Hail Mary’s”
“Will you throw in a car registration for free?”
“No, but I’ll only charge you $800 and toss out two of the Hail Marys”
>>Authorities approached the men when they returned and questioned them separately. The brothers consented to a search of their cars, hotel room and the storage facility.<<
Each additional word in the name of a church exponentially increases the odds that it's a scam...
How about charging these people with terrorism charges?
We ar at War and they are helping people sneak into the country and hiode here illegally..
Perhaps you could explain that.
Thank you city of Austin silly council for the sanctuary city designation for this atrocity. NOT.
I couldn’t think of an appropriate Protestant version of a Hail Mary.
Because they don't think they were doing anything wrong.