Va. man to enter plea in multi-state fake ID case

LARRY O'DELL Associated Press Published:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A man accused of participating in a sophisticated multi-state fake identification ring is set to plead guilty in federal court in Richmond.

A plea hearing for Manuel Garcia-Rojas is scheduled for Friday. Garcia-Rojas is charged with racketeering conspiracy and four other counts. Nine co-defendants are scheduled for trial June 2.

According to prosecutors, Garcia-Rojas was a "runner" for the Richmond cell of a fake ID enterprise based in Mexico that also had operations in Arkansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. A runner's job was to solicit illegal aliens as customers for phony documents, including Social Security cards and green cards.

Garcia-Rojas and three co-defendants are accused of trying to assault a rival fake ID maker and steal his equipment. Prosecutors say a police traffic stop thwarted the scheme.

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