SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Dominican national living in Springfield pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to several charges in connection with his role in trafficking the identities of U.S. citizens from Puerto Rico.
According to a release sent to 22News from the Department of Justice, 46-year-old Sandro Tavera Mora admitted to selling identification documents to illegal aliens, who would use the information to assume the identity of U.S. citizens.
The Department of Justice says that Mora operated as a document broker in Springfield and was a part of a group of conspirators around the country who solicited customers and sold Social Security cards and Puerto Rican birth certificates for prices ranging from $400 to $1,200 per set.
Mora also allegedly admitted to falsely identifying himself as a U.S. citizen born in Puerto Rico named Jose Laureano Ayala when he was arrested. The Department of Justice said he was in possession of a fake Puerto Rico drivers license and a U.S. Social Security card in the same name.
Mora pleaded guilty to false personation of U.S. citizenship, fraud and misuse of visas, and conspiracy to possess and transfer identification documents. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 22.
The Department of Justice is asking anyone who believes their identity may have been compromised in relation to this case may contact the ICE toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or online at www.ice.gov/tipline.